Apparently, WBZ’s Jonny Miller brought up The Baseball Codes to the Red Sox star, and relayed that many players on the current Boston roster are accused within its pages of stealing signs. For the rest of the story, we go to Comcast SportsNet New England’s Joe Haggerty:
As expected, Pedroia took exception to the accusation as only the feisty, colorful second baseman can when he’s sparked by a topic.
“That’s why I don’t read much because that’s 110 percent [expletive],” said Pedroia. “Give me the guy that wrote it and I’ll talk to him. I can tell you firsthand. We don’t tip signs because half of the guys on our team aren’t smart enough to see the fingers and all of that stuff. We don’t do that crap.
“I want the author. I’m fighting him.”
Never mind the fact that, contrary to what Miller reportedly told Pedroia, the book accuses nobody on the current Red Sox squad of any such thing. In fact, we mention two occasions in which Red Sox teams of the past were themselves victims of sign stealing (including one unbelievable instance against the Blue Jays in Fenway Park).
Still, the opportunity to fight Pedroia is intriguing.
Positives: I have at least a couple inches on the guy when it comes to reach.
Negatives: He undoubtedly outpoints me in fast-twitch muscles; he’s 13 years younger; he’s 10 pounds heavier (but certainly no fatter); he might pull a dirty pro wrestling maneuver and pummel me with his MVP Award while the ref isn’t looking.
Still, this is an opportunity that doesn’t come along too often. Bring it, Dustin. I shall fight the fight of a crazed wolverine until one of us either leaves on a stretcher or is laughing too hard to exit his corner.
Come discover the power of the press. I’m waiting.