The new arrivals to Fort Myers were few, today, but big ones. First was Clay Buchholz, joining the rest of the rotation as he sets out to replicate his incredible season from 2010. But his arrival ended up getting lost, because the next man to show up was Dustin Pedroia. And he did so rather loudly.
When Pedroia went down last year with a broken foot, Red Sox fans lost more than just a former MVP. They also lost the single most quotable member of the team. Now Pedroia is back, and making up for lost time by loosing a torrent of one-liners. Gordon Edes' provides us with the details on Twitter.
Jon Tomase tells us it all started with Terry Francona cracking wise about Pedroia's new hair:
"Where's Giovanni Ribisi?"
Let's get this out of the way. First, Gordon Edes shows us what that looks like.
(It'll look just fine under a hat/helmet, I'm sure.)
And then he captures the opening of the flood gates on Twitter:
"[Tito] was pouring water on himself to pretend he was working out, like he was sweating. I might kick his *** before we start"
"Doesn't matter. Jokes are cool when I'm 20 and im losing my hair, but im a grown-*** man now . I think it looks solid.''
Asked if he needed to see doctors, maybe another MRI: Pedroia joked: "They can come and see me, how about that? I think I've had 50 of em.''
Pedroia said he worked out with Crawford 3, 4 yrs in Arizona. "Whupped" him in Ping Pong, "talked trash."
Perhaps the best quote of all, though, is this one:
"I've taken ground balls, turned double plays, run bases. I've done everything. I'm ready to go."
We're glad to have you back, Dustin.