Dustin Pedroia tells this fun story in Sunday’s Globe:
The card show was in Medford, he thinks, but he’s not certain. It was a cab ride, and sure enough, the cabbie had his radio tuned to the sports talk station, and everybody it seemed, hosts and callers, were making sport of Pedroia.
"Those guys were crushing me," he said. "I’m thinking, ‘This is tough.’
"I get to the signing, and this guy comes up to me with a baseball and says, ‘Hey, I want you to sign "Dustin Pedroia ROY ’07." ‘ " …
"I said, ‘Dude, what are you, drunk? Get out of here, man,’ " Pedroia said. "The guy says, ‘No, I’m serious.’ …
Fast-forward to August, and another card show.
"The same guy shows up," Pedroia said. "He didn’t want anything signed. He just showed me the ball. A really good guy. He had his little son with him, he had my jersey on, I’m thinking, ‘This is pretty cool, this is what it’s all about.’
Since we’re keeping track, this reminds me of a certain YFSF blogger who said way back on May 5:
it would be a mistake for the Red Sox to so soon abandon Pedroia in favor of Cora, as has been intimated in several places. … My advice (because I know the Sox were asking for it): They should be patient with the rookie. We’ll be glad they [were].
Incidentally, read the whole Pedroia story. The guy is hilarious.