FORT MYERS, Fla. — Friends and teammates have long pestered Dustin Pedroia to get on Twitter. He would seem to be a natural for 140-character remarks.
But Pedroia has been stubbornly resistant to Twitter, saying he doesn't have the time.
Then @15Lasershow showed up last night.
At 8:05 a.m., Pedroia was asked if that was his account.
"Ain't me, man," he said.
Will Middlebrooks, a Twitter maven, said that he created a fake account and was posing as Pedroia. That seemed unlikely. So the news went out (via Twitter, of course) that the account was fake.
About 20 minutes later, Pedroia claimed it really was his account. He said he was trying to look up something Jim Rome said and started an account, not realizing you could look that up via the web.
Middlebrooks and Cody Ross then goaded Pedroia into a few more tweets, or so he said.
Then this exchange happened:
Confused beat writer: "You said it was fake."
Pedroia: "Yeah, I know. But it's me."
Confused beat writer: "Now I look like a dope."
Pedroia now says that he won't be Tweeting. If that really is his account, we shall see. Hopefully he does Tweet, it would probably be fun to follow.
Today's lesson: Drink more Red Bull in the morning. Being alert is helpful when dealing with tricky baseball players.