Red Sox baseball returned in all it's glory last night, as the Red Sox dropped their opener to the Twins 9-8. Highlights? Sure. Dustin Pedoria parked a grand slam that put the Red Sox up 8-6 at the time, and according to Pedroia himself, this is just the start:
“I knew I was back to normal in the offseason,” Pedroia told reporters. “Obviously, I told you guys that, but you can only believe me if you see it. So there you go.” Still don’t believe him? “Just watch,” Pedroia said. “My job is to play. Your job is to watch.”
Here's what manager John Farrell had to say about it:
“I don’t know that we’ve seen that type of swing in a good amount of time,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said after Thursday’s game. “It’s the first game, but more than anything, the ability to pull his hands in on the grand slam that he hit out of the ballpark. … That’s a swing that we’ve all seen in the past from Pedey, but the number of nagging things he’s dealt with, it’s limited him the past couple of years.”
Obviously, that was just one at-bat, but if it's a sign of things to come, then it will be a really good year for Pedey, to say the least. The main takeaway for me, though? Red Sox baseball is back and it's something to get really excited about this year.