Ever since the second baseman has arrived in Boston, everyone in and around the baseball universe think only the Tea Party and clam chowder are the only things more Boston than Pedey.
However, Pedroia’s roots extend to the other side of the country, to Woodland, California where he grew up and played high-school baseball. Pedey then went to college at Arizona State, not too far from Woodland, and was a fan-favorite during his amateur career.
Sacramento Bee columnist Mark McDermott has been covering all things baseball-related in the greater Sacramento area, including Woodland, for longer than I have been alive. I have the pleasure of sitting next to “Mac,” during Sacramento River Cats (Oakland Athletics Triple-A affiliate) games.
Mac mentioned that Pedroia has an interesting case for being Hall-of-Fame worthy in his career up to this point. This created a stir in the press box at Raley Field, and everyone seemed to have their own opinion on the Red Sox second baseman’s place in the game today. It was enough of a discussion that Mac wrote a feature-length column about Pedroia, with a quote from yours truly.
Compared with some of the current HOF second baseman, Pedroia’s career accomplishments and statistics matchup favorably, especially with the likes of Ryne Sandberg and Robert Alomar. Obviously he needs to play more baseball to earn the respect of writers and voters across the country, but the argument today is still an intriguing one.