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It's this simple for Red Sox: Pay the man

Posted by Obnoxious Boston Fan  July 22, 2013 06:31 AM

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Pay the man.

Pay him $20 million a year if that's what it takes.

Pay him $100 million for five, or six, years.

Pay him all that money to play a young boy's game.

Pay him because he plays the game like a young boy.

Always getting dirtier and dirtier.

Always trying his hardest on every play.

Always getting excited when he wins and mad when he loses.

Always thinking the next at-bat, the next chance in the field, will be an opportunity of a lifetime.

Always hopping before every pitch he sees while playing second base.

Pay him because he gives us this look when Daniel Nava runs the Red Sox out of a potential big inning against the Yankees:

Petey - Fox Sports.jpgImage via Fox Sports

Pay him because he's exactly the type of ballplayer you wish you could be.

Pay him because he's not an embarrassment to his team, his teammates or his city.

Pay him because he's a source of pride for his team, his teammates and his city.

Pay him because won a World Series as Rookie of the Year in 2007 and he could win one more World Series in Boston.

Pay him because he was AL MVP in 2008 and will win that award at least once more during his career.

Pay him because he can use all five tools - plus the sixth - leadership.

Pay him because he says stuff like: "We need 25 guys to have a leadership role for us to win."

Pay him because the Yankees will certainly overpay Robinson Cano when he becomes a free agent after this season.

Pay him because "Carmine" can't spit out a reason why not to pay him $100 million before the Yankees give Cano twice that much.

Pay him because this season he's on pace to play more than 140 games for the sixth time in seven years, despite going balls-out on every play.

Pay him because when his teammates are taking time off due to "groin strains" or "neck soreness," he's doing this on his days off while on the DL [from 2010]:

Pay him because someday we want him to be the Johnny Pesky of the 2053 Red Sox, even though he didn't go to Johnny Pesky's funeral.

Pay him because his single drove in the first run for the Red Sox in their four-run fourth inning against the Yankees Sunday night.

Pay him because he's always at the center of two, three and four-run innings.

Pay him because he has two of the best nicknames in baseball.

Pay him because he hates being called "The Muddy Chicken."

Pay him because he loves being called "The Laser Show."

Pay him because he'll give the Red Sox stability in the middle for another seven or eight years.

Pay him because he's only 29.

Pay him because he's "only" made $30 million playing for the Red Sox [through 2013] - which is about $4.5 million less than the Red Sox paid Carl Crawford for his time and toil in Boston.

Pay him because he's already taken one for the team by signing a six-year $40.5 million deal, pushing his eligibility for free-agency back until after he's 32.

Pay him now even though you don't really have to pay him until the Winter of 2015-16 [he's under contract through 2014 and the Red Sox have an option for the following season] because his price won't be lower than it is right now.

Pay him because no one in Boston ever wants to see him return to Boston in another uniform, like homegrown talent such as Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, Kevin Youkilis, Carlton Fisk or Sparky Lyle. Never mind Babe Ruth.

Pay him because once you lock him up and give him a defined cost/value, he'll be easier to trade if it comes to that point some day.

Pay him because Boston has always loved scrappy ballplayers and athletes and he's 5-8, 165 pounds soaking wet, fitting right in with the likes of Bob Cousy, Nate Archibald, Wes Welker, about 3/4ths of the Bruins this past season, Rajon Rondo...OK maybe not all of them.

Pay him because he personifies everything the Red Sox, their fans, and the players themselves see when they see the best in themselves.

Pay him because he can do his job at second base as well, if not, better than anyone else.

Pay him because in the crazy world of baseball salaries, he'll soon be a steal at $16 or $20 million a year.

Pay him because it would be the biggest no-brainer since Bobby Valentine was fired.

Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox are talking about a contract extension.

There's not much to discuss. The Red Sox hold a 1.5 game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays after Sunday night/Monday morning's back-and-forth, frustrating but satisfying 8-7 win over the Yankees. The Red Sox took two out of three from New York and left the Yankees wallowing in fourth place, a long seven games out of first. Pedroia went 1 for 6 Sunday/Monday and his average fell to .310.

But he head-butted Mike Napoli and something rubbed off. Napoli had hit a three-run homer in the fourth that probably broke a windshield - on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. Napoli blew a shot to ice the game in the eighth by hitting into a double play with the bases loaded before ending this 4 hour, 46-minute affair with a walkoff blast to dead center field in the 11th. It was Boston's ninth walk-off win of the season.

Something special is happening at Fenway this season and no, the Red Sox didn't pay me to say that.

The last four pitchers the Red Sox used to shut down the Yankees were Matt Thornton, Koji Uehara, Drake Britton and Pedro Beato. Not even Nate Silver could have seen that coming in June.

Napoli's home run was hauled in by a guy wearing a Yaz t-shirt. It rekindled memories of clutchness since it landed in the neighborhood of Bernie Carbo's Game 6 shot in 1975 or Trot Nixon's 2003 ALDS shot against the A's, depending on your age/memory.

Pedroia still has more walks [52-50] this season than strikeouts and had a .391 on-base percentage before Game No. 100. The Red Sox are 60-40 on July 22. Pedroia is a major reason why. In 2012, the Red Sox got their 60th victory on Aug. 24, which was Game 126.

While Pedroia's a product of the Red Sox scouting department and the Sabremetric/Moneyball mind-set, his best attributes are the ones that never show up on the stat sheet.

He's old-school money ball, always playing his best ball when money is on the line.

And the Red Sox should pay him an all this money because of that.

And for so many other reasons.

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