11/19 - Dustin Pedroia - The American League’s Most Valuable Player for 2008…
This is terrific news. We were at the Fens on Saturday August 30th. It was a ridiculously gorgeous night weather-wise and Sox-wise. Dice-K threw what many have said and writ was his best game ’til then in a Boston uni and the boys won 8-0.
Sweet, but not the lead story in our minds. D-Pro, Peeeedro, The littlest gangsta; nicknames we have for Dustin (the last because his walk-up song is something by Dr. Dre) went 4 for 4 raising his BA to .322 and had some spectacular defensive plays in the field. With each hit and play, We rose and started chanting “MVP MVP MVP” really loudly, really obnoxiously (T had two Sammy Summers and D is just naturally exuberant).
Anyway, we are about 89% sure this is the first time the chant went up at Fenway. No one else anywhere near us was doing it until we did (Ridiculously expensive seats about 12 rows back between home and first). By the second hit a few joined us and by the last knock the infection had really spread within our earshot.
The next day watching the game, Dustin got hits in his first three ABs. The chants were loud enough by then to be heard on TV. We looked at each other and said, maybe we can lay claim to starting something, but, of course, we didn’t know it would end this way. And we talked about it on our podcast on August 31 as we recall.
What can we say. The littlest gangsta is the BMOC of the AL. No one gets more from less. No one lives every minute on the diamond as fully as the dude on the 2.
Well done Dustin Pedroia! We are counting the days until April 6th (First game of the season at home vs… Tampa Bay!).