Dustin Pedroia won the Heart & Hustle Award for the first time after being nominated each of the past 4 years, according to MLB.com. If you're unaware, the Heart & Hustle award is award by former players to players who "demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values." Dustin Pedroia could not be there to accept the award in person, but he did make a statement via video.
"Sorry I couldn't be there tonight to accept this award. It's a huge honor for me to win this award. It's a very special award," Pedroia said. "I'd like to thank a lot of people. The Red Sox organization obviously, the coaching staff and my teammates. All the coaches who have ever been part of my career, for pushing me and trying to help me play the game the right way, to work hard, put in the time.
"If you put in the time and prepare the right way, you'll get results in the end. I thank my parents for always pushing me in the right direction and making me do the right thing. I thank my wife and two boys for putting up with me and hanging in there through the grind and being there with me. ... It means the world to me."
Is anyone really surprised at this? Pedey plays the game the right way, with passion and intensity. He embodies what the award is looking for, which is why he's been nominated 4 years in a row. I'm just surprised it took this long for him to finally win the award. Congrats, Pedey, and may this be the first of many.
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