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Dustin Pedroia's interview from today

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 11, 2011 02:00 PM

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FORT MYERS, Fla. ó Dustin Pedroia spoke to a group of reporters today. Here's what he had to offer:

Howís his foot? ďI feel great. I feel great, ready to go. Iím excited to be here.Ē

Will he have to be monitored during spring training? ďYeah, pretty much. Do my stuff in the training room to get ready and I donít think it should be a problem. I feel great right now and Iím excited.Ē

Will he play fewer games in spring training? ďI donít know. I havenít talked to Tito about anything like that. I donít think thatís necessary. Whatever they have planned for me, Iím ready to do.Ē

Youíve said you had ups and downs with your foot. Is it OK now? ďI feel great. I think what I was trying to say is when you have an injury like that, you try to find ways to ... what makes you feel right. There are so many different areas of your foot and Iíve got to get my leg back to normal. Some of things I was trying to do werenít the right things to do. But we found a way to make me feel strong and I feel great right now.

ďIím just trying to get everything working together. If one part of my leg isnít firing, itís going to affect my foot. We kind of figured out what my problem was. The last three weeks Iíve felt great.Ē

Is there anything you havenít done? ďNo. Iíve taken ground balls, turned double plays, run the bases. Iíve done everything. Iím ready to go.Ē

Any doubts youíll be ready for the season? ďNo. Thereís no doubt.Ē

Will you go through the conditioning test? ďThey wonít let me do that. I think thatís pretty much it. Thereís no reason for me to run the 300-yard shuttle until they tell me I need to run 300 yards during a game.Ē

More on his foot: ďMy foot's repaired. There's a screw in there holding everything together. It's a ton better. I feel great. There's not going to be any setbacks.Ē

On the guard he is wearing on his foot: ďI donít want to hit another ball off it. Itís just protection. Itís not like itís a brace.Ē

Carl Crawford told USA Today he canít wait to play with you. Whatís your reaction? ďWhat a shocker (laughs). Iíve worked with Carl for three or four years (in Arizona). I put some whuppings on him in ping-pong and talked a lot of trash to him. Iím glad heís on our team. Itís a pain in the butt playing against him. Heís running wild. Itís going to be fun having him on our side.Ē

On Terry Francona referring to him as Giovanni Ribisi after letting his hair grow: ďI donít know what Titoís starting. Heís a tool. He poured water on himself today to pretend he was working out. He didnít do (expletive). I might kick his ass before we get started.Ē

On having so many people in camp already: ďWeíre excited. I talked to Adrian (Gonzalez) a little bit, getting to know him. Everyone is really excited; weíre fired up. Itís going to be fun.Ē

On the lineup: ďOne through nine, it should be pretty darn good. Weíll get out here and get to work and get everything going. Itís going to be fun when everyoneís together.

Did Francona say where you would hit? ďNo, he didnít. I donít care. I donít think anybody cares. Everyoneís excited.Ē

When did he start baseball workouts? ďJanuary, beginning of January. Thatís normal. It was pretty normal other than the endurance running. Itís not like I went out and ran distances but I was doing sprints and my (agility drills) at a normal pace.Ē

On being able to play again after a long layoff: ďItís exciting itís been a long time. I learned a lot from it. Iím excited about it.Ē

Does he have a different perspective? ďI donít think about it any more. Iím just doing to go out there and do what I do. Thatís it, man.

On his hair again: ďSick, huh? Ö The jokes are cool when Iím 20 and Iím losing my hair. But Iím a grown-ass man now. I think it looks solid. My wife likes it.Ē

On the expectations: ďTheyíre high every year. Thereís not a year you come into camp and your goal isnít to win the World Series. If itís not, then youíre reevaluating the organization. We want to win; we want to win right now. Not just this year, but every year.Ē

Can he remember a team making so many big moves? ďMaybe the 2000 Sacramento Kings when we traded for C-Webb and got Vlade (Divac). Something like that.Ē

Has it been hard being patient? ďItís been tough. I try and set little goals, stuff like that. The other day was my last workout and I was kind of excited. Iíve but in a lot of hard work. Iím ready for it to show on the field.Ē

Does he need to see the doctor again: ďHeís in Boston. He can come see me. How about that? (laughs) Ö No, Iím good to go.Ē

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