Not many Red Sox can be mentioned with the great Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski. In this case in fact, only one can. His name is Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia became only the second Red Sox in team history with 100 career home runs and 100 career stolen bases. Pedroia’s grand slam Friday helped him reach the mark to provide the Sox with more than enough runs on way to a 7-1 win over Oakland.
“That’s crazy. I guess I’m getting old,” Pedroia joked after being informed of the statistic. “But just having your name anywhere said with (Yastrzemski’s) is an accomplishment.”
Pedroia might need to halt his expectations on catching Yaz in the home run department. He currently is a mere 352 home runs behind Yastrzemski who hit 452 over his 23-year career in Boston.
Pedroia looks to be gaining strength after a MRI revealed no damage to his sore wrist last month. The former Silver Slugger reached base in a season-high 12 straight games before the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. Pedroia currently sits a top the team with 10 multi-hit games this year.
While the accomplishment is terrific, it is good news that Pedroia is feeling healthy as he is the heart of the Red Sox. Despite the team’s struggles, having Pedroia playing at his best gives the Red Sox a great chance to win every game out. He might not catch Yaz, but if he can hit 15-20 home runs like he did a few years ago and hit for a high average, maybe the Red Sox can put together a few winning streaks and get the team back over the .500 mark.