Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is no astronaut, but he does plan on “going to the Moon” plenty this spring.
Pedroia unveiled his new phraseology to WEEI on Wednesday. Following some endorsement work, he told the media that he was “heading out to hit cage bombs, going to the moon.”
More than just a catchy new expression, Pedroia’s lunar reference points to a certain level of excitement for the season ahead as well as the fundamentals-first approach of new manager Bobby Valentine.
The change in managers and approach did little to dampen Pedrioa’s enthusiasm in preparing for the season.
“We’re going to play good baseball," Pedroia said. "I’m excited, I’m excited to go play. Last year, the end was tough but we have to regroup together, come out and play good baseball and do it all year long.”
The Red Sox will be counting on another big season from Pedroia, who hit a career-best 21 home runs in 2011.