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The Laser Show Dustin Pedroia Finally Makes His Retirement Official

Dustin Pedroia, the former Rookie of the Year and MVP, has hung up his cleats and put his career out to pasture. The Laser Show has closed.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia doubles in the eighth inning. by apardavila is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Laser Show Dustin Pedroia Finally Makes His Retirement Official


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This has been a long time coming. Dustin Pedroia, the former Rookie of the Year and MVP, has finally hung up his cleats and put his career out to pasture. He hasn’t played since 2019, where he did so in name only. But, as a Red Sox fan, he has been done for quite some time. This just made it official.

That is not to say I wanted him to be done. Quite the opposite. I wish we could’ve had prime Pedroia for just one more season. Or at the very least, some less douchy version of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour. Maybe more of a David Wright type ending. That would have been nice.

Alas, it was not in the cards for the Laser Show. I hope we still see Pedroia in some capacity within the organization. I would love to see him show up as a hitting coach at some point. Baseball just seems a little more fun when Dustin Pedroia is a part of it.

Onwards and Upwards

While his retirement is the official end of an era, it got me thinking. As an optimistic nihilist, I am now looking to the future. The future being Jeter Downs. Will he have the same type of career ole DP had? Doubtful. It would certainly soften the blow to have him come up this season and shine though. There’s not a lot to look forward to with the moves the Sox have made thus far, but here’s to hoping that the return on Mookie Betts can start his big league career and show us at least something.

This is far too positive for a Monday. Maybe I’m growing. Maybe I started drinking at noon. Who’s to say? Regardless, Pedroia will be missed. Let’s send him off with a video tribute I found on the internet. The way he would have wanted. Thanks for the memories, Dustin, sincerely.

Josh grew up in the midwest and upon graduating from the University of Iowa he wanted to see the world. After 4 years in Jacksonville he decided he was cultured enough and moved on to Birmingham England (known to the locals as the Detroit of the UK) and then west to San Francisco before settling in NYC. He pays his bills working in finance making sure the 1% remains on top. When he is not selling his soul and unable to look himself in the mirror, he spends his time writing mean things about sports while his dog, Sweet Dee, silently judges from her spot on the couch. He is very biased and never wrong. He would also like to thank Rotowire for never changing their NBA League Pass and MLB.TV passwords from that year when he was an NBA Beat Writer for the Nuggets for some reason.

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