Dustin Pedroia Setting Tone For Next Season Before This Season Ends

October 3, 2012 8:33 AM
Dustin Pedroia Setting Tone For Next Season Before This Season Ends
" BOSTON (CBS) — It’s already next year for the Boston Red Sox, and Dustin Pedroia is doing what he can to ensure next year is nothing like this year.

The second baseman made the simple gesture Tuesday night in New York by stating he wants to play. It’s not complicated, but in the disaster that has been the 2012 season, it’s at least a positive takeaway heading into what is sure to be a long, cold winter.

Pedroia decided to play Tuesday night despite a broken index finger on his left hand. The 29-year-old said his decision wasn’t meant to send a message to the rest of his teammates. For the sake of the future of the Red Sox, though, it better.

“We got a lot of young guys on our team,” Pedroia said prior to Tuesday night’s game. “Sometimes you get nicked up, stuff like that. It’s part of the job. … But they know that I’m going to be out there, and they should be out there too, if it happens to them.”

Once the game began, Pedroia was more than just “out there” — he was a major player "

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