Pedroia Retirement Ceremony 6/25/21

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Awfully dusty up in here (ducks). The Sox do great tributes and this one did not miss. One of my all time favorite athletes. Perfect player for this city - undersized, cocky, boisterous, hard working, fearless, tough, and authentic. I hope to see 15 up on the RF facade soon. I'll be watching Sale corkscrew Machado in the ground tonight in the WS to make me feel a bit better about no longer getting to see Pedey play.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPvMOVFshyI
 

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Why didn’t they retire 15? Saving for later date?
Of course. They'll wait until a Tuesday night where it might boost ticket sales by 5-10K, probably in April or May. Or September if they're out of contention.

I will say, I thought the "one last surprise" was going to be his number on the facade. Had to settle for the Nature Boy.
 

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Yeah, Nature Boy’s appearance had a jump the shark feel to it, but whatever. If it’s meaningful to Pedey, fine. These things are supposed to be corny. And it was fun.
 

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I did miss it and thanks so much for posting. That was great. Gave me goosebumps. Was nice to see Ellsbury in a Red Sox uniform again. Ortiz in a Celtics hat made me smile. Pedro looks like he could still pitch.

I love Pedroia and that he called out the one play that derailed his career. He is still pissed at Machado and if not for that asshole he might still be playing.

Better than Jeter.
 

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Of course. They'll wait until a Tuesday night where it might boost ticket sales by 5-10K, probably in April or May. Or September if they're out of contention.

I will say, I thought the "one last surprise" was going to be his number on the facade. Had to settle for the Nature Boy.
They still require HoF induction, right?

Edit: nope, Papi.
 

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They still require HoF induction, right?

Edit: nope, Papi.
Yeah, it's only because #34 is already up there that I thought it was possible they might do it. But it would also be hard to keep it a secret if it was already up there covered by a drop cloth the way they usually do the number retirements.
 

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“ Pedroia said he has no doubt that he'll don a uniform again, saying "maybe" to possibly managing someday.

"I think everyone knows that," Pedroia said. "It's just a matter of time. I want to raise my boys and make sure I don't miss anything in their life. They deserve that. Then after that, it's go time." “

Pedroia taking over for Cora confirmed.
 

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“ Pedroia said he has no doubt that he'll don a uniform again, saying "maybe" to possibly managing someday.

"I think everyone knows that," Pedroia said. "It's just a matter of time. I want to raise my boys and make sure I don't miss anything in their life. They deserve that. Then after that, it's go time." “

Pedroia taking over for Cora confirmed.
I'm betting there will be at least one manager between Cora and Pedroia at the helm of the Red Sox. Probably more.

Based on what he said about raising his sons before he considers returning, we're talking at least a decade before it happens. Wouldn't shock me if he ended up following one of his boys to a college program and coaching there.
 

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I'm betting there will be at least one manager between Cora and Pedroia at the helm of the Red Sox. Probably more.

Based on what he said about raising his sons before he considers returning, we're talking at least a decade before it happens. Wouldn't shock me if he ended up following one of his boys to a college program and coaching there.
I love Pedroia. LOVE HIM. When I imagine my own personal Sox players of my lifetime Mt. Rushmore, and he's on it (maybe a fun separate thread). But does he have the right kind of smarts to be a manager? When you listen to Cora talk ...well, he's very intelligent. He's articulate, and he's able to see and describe both the micro and the macro. Cora has a mature intelligence and he feels like the grown up in the room when he talks. I'm not sure if Pedroia has this kind of intelligence or communication skill. Mind you, he was a VERY smart player, incredible instincts, etc. But I wonder if he has the particular intellectual skill set to manage ... maybe he does and just isn't as extemporaneously articulate as Cora is, I dunno ... but color me a smidge skeptical.
 

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I love Pedroia. LOVE HIM. When I imagine my own personal Sox players of my lifetime Mt. Rushmore, and he's on it (maybe a fun separate thread). But does he have the right kind of smarts to be a manager? When you listen to Cora talk ...well, he's very intelligent. He's articulate, and he's able to see and describe both the micro and the macro. Cora has a mature intelligence and he feels like the grown up in the room when he talks. I'm not sure if Pedroia has this kind of intelligence or communication skill. Mind you, he was a VERY smart player, incredible instincts, etc. But I wonder if he has the particular intellectual skill set to manage ... maybe he does and just isn't as extemporaneously articulate as Cora is, I dunno ... but color me a smidge skeptical.
Isn't that, partially, something that can be learned? How many ex-players go right to managing a ball club? I would expect he would put in his dues where he could learn from others how to be more proficient in his media speak and PR. Maybe as hitting coach, since he probably has quite a bit to offer there.
 

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I thought I was implying in my post that I have my doubts he's destined to be the Red Sox manager (hence suggesting he ends up with a college program). If his intent is to get back in a big league dugout once his boys are grown, I envision it looking a lot more like Varitek's path than Cora's. Maybe a part time role as a spring training instructor. Maybe spending some time roving with the minor league teams. Then once he's free for a full time role, he can be bench coach or game plan coordinator or whatever title they want to create for him.
 

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I wish he was able to join this team ASAP as a bench coach with one of those fancy titles. Make him the "Special Assistant to the Manager in charge of stop fucking striking out so much and pull your heads out your asses on the base paths".
 

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I wish he was able to join this team ASAP as a bench coach with one of those fancy titles. Make him the "Special Assistant to the Manager in charge of stop fucking striking out so much and pull your heads out your asses on the base paths".
Hey, maybe then we won't have to count his money against the salary cap!
 

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I thought I was implying in my post that I have my doubts he's destined to be the Red Sox manager (hence suggesting he ends up with a college program). If his intent is to get back in a big league dugout once his boys are grown, I envision it looking a lot more like Varitek's path than Cora's. Maybe a part time role as a spring training instructor. Maybe spending some time roving with the minor league teams. Then once he's free for a full time role, he can be bench coach or game plan coordinator or whatever title they want to create for him.
Ah yes, I see what you were saying. Would be cool indeed if he had a part time role with the team as an advisor. But I wonder if the skipper role is one he's equipped for ...
 

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Don't get me wrong, I think your suggestion is an excellent idea!
I thought I was implying in my post that I have my doubts he's destined to be the Red Sox manager (hence suggesting he ends up with a college program). If his intent is to get back in a big league dugout once his boys are grown, I envision it looking a lot more like Varitek's path than Cora's. Maybe a part time role as a spring training instructor. Maybe spending some time roving with the minor league teams. Then once he's free for a full time role, he can be bench coach or game plan coordinator or whatever title they want to create for him.
The serious side of me agree's with Red(s)HawksFan's position. I'm not 100% sure of where he sits with New York contractually speaking, but I would love to see Ellsbury brought in to work on base running fundamentals and technique. I've mentioned in past seasons the possibility of bringing in Pedro to work with certain pitchers who are struggling. I'm not sure what his obligation is as a special instructor, but I marvel at the man when I watch him breaking down certain aspects of the pitching game on TV and wonder if he might be more available during certain times of the year. Now I see where there could be a bit of concern over stepping on the toes of Dave Bush and other instructors in the organization, but the man truly seems to love the Red Sox organization and seems to be a wealth of pitching knowledge.
 

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It was great to see Jacoby back in Fenway. He doesn't get much love for a guy who helped us win 2 championships, then took a ton of Yankee dollars to keep them from signing other players and help ensure they haven't won a pennant since he signed there.

Pretty great career if you ask me!
 

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One of the things that shows how awesome it’s been to be a Sox fan this century is realizing that 2 of our favorite champions - Pedro and Pedey - were not teammates.
 

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Yeah, it's been truly astonishing to be a Red Sox fan this century. For those of us old enough to remember the agony (I go as far back as '75; I suspect we've got some '67 folks in here, too), twenty years of success feels like a dream, unfathomable in some ways.

After the Red Sox lost the ALCS in 1999, my friend's twelve-year-old-son, who I'm like an uncle to, was disconsolate. Like a good bitter New Englander, I told him, "get used to it, this is part of the cosmic order. The Red Sox will never win the world series, it's just fate." (I know I know, horrible modeling). He insisted they WILL win, that he knew it - it would happen soon (ah, kids, I thought, so green). I told him I would give him every penny I had if they ever won the World Series. So, we made a bet: for every year they didn't win he would give me a dollar, and if they ever did win, I would give him everything I own. So ... he's taken some mercy on me ...

The parade of incredible, likable players - Pedro, Ortiz, Pedroia, Varitek right through to today's squad. Amazing.
 

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Yeah, it's been truly astonishing to be a Red Sox fan this century. For those of us old enough to remember the agony (I go as far back as '75; I suspect we've got some '67 folks in here, too), twenty years of success feels like a dream, unfathomable in some ways.

After the Red Sox lost the ALCS in 1999, my friend's twelve-year-old-son, who I'm like an uncle to, was disconsolate. Like a good bitter New Englander, I told him, "get used to it, this is part of the cosmic order. The Red Sox will never win the world series, it's just fate." (I know I know, horrible modeling). He insisted they WILL win, that he knew it - it would happen soon (ah, kids, I thought, so green). I told him I would give him every penny I had if they ever won the World Series. So, we made a bet: for every year they didn't win he would give me a dollar, and if they ever did win, I would give him everything I own. So ... he's taken some mercy on me ...

The parade of incredible, likable players - Pedro, Ortiz, Pedroia, Varitek right through to today's squad. Amazing.
So you've now welched on your bet 4 times. Good to know