Pedroia: Didn't need a survey to know I'm sexy

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Pedroia: Didn't need a survey to know I'm sexy

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Terry Franconas new book, it was revealed that a marketing survey found Red Sox fans wanted more sexy players, using Dustin Pedroia as an example.

The diminutive yet feisty second basemans reaction to the news that he was found to be sexy?

They didnt need a damn marketing team, Pedroia said. I could have told them that for free.

Pedroia, standing in front of his locker at the teams spring training complex Tuesday morning, could be light-hearted about something he already believed to be true. But, he turned serious when asked what the Sox have to do to improve on their dreadful 2012 season?

We got to do everything better than we did last year, he said.

Last season was difficult. We had a tough time. We lost a lot of games. So I think everybodys motivated to make sure that doesnt happen again.

We got in a lot of new guys. I think a lot of guys are excited. So theres going to be a lot of different things going on. Everyones just got to do what they do. Dont try to do too much.

With a quarter of the players on the 40-man roster new to the organization this season, there were plenty of new guys in the clubhouse. With the way last season went, it may be a good thing to have so many new faces.

I thought the moves were great, Pedroia said. We added a lot of personality to the team. Theres guys that are going to bring a lot of energy to the clubhouse to the team, a lot of positive stuff. And everyones excited for everything.

A lot of the guys, you see them around the game, theyre the guys that are known for loving to play the game. They like tough atmospheres and good places to play. So its going to be fun playing with those guys.

One of the new guys will be his double-play partner Stephen Drew.

Hes a great player and Im looking forward to getting out there with him, taking some ground balls, and getting to know him a little bit, Pedroia.

But perhaps the most important addition to the team is manager John Farrell, who replaces Bobby Valentine who lasted just one season.

Johns awesome, Pedroia said. Everybody got to know him when he was here before as pitching coach from 2007-10. Hes easy to talk to. Obviously when he walk in the room he has that presence that he brings. Its going to be great for us.

Thats one of the things when he was here before. He was always communicating with guys and open about your role. You knew what you were going to do that day and that definitely helps.

But he was adamant that Valentine is not to blame for the Sox awful 2012 season, when they went 69-93, finishing last in the American League East.

None, Pedroia said. He didn't play. Its the players. Bobby didnt go out there and get any hits or make any errors or do any of that. We lost those games. Its on us.

Despite hitting .290 with 15 home runs, 39 doubles, and 60 RBI, Pedroia was hampered by a right thumb strain last season. Hes fully healthy now he said and had no limitations in his off-season workouts.

It was fine, he said. I had like a pin in my pinky for about four weeks and then they just took it out. It was kind of no big deal. And then my thumb and the other finger healed in like a month or six weeks or something.

Last season was the first losing season of his life, Pedroia said. It taught him a lesson.

I dont want it to happen again, he said. Its a lot of frustration. Its not fun coming to the field when youre not winning every day. When you have that feeling that you show up and you know youre going to win, that's the feeling you want.

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Pedro Martinez tells WEEI Ortiz will make comeback this season

Never say never?

While Red Sox officials said at the team's annual Winter Weekend at Foxwoods on Saturday that they'd be traveling to the Dominican Republic to talk to David Ortiz about a role with the team, Pedro Martinez told WEEI he sees Big Papi returning to his old role - designated hitter - this season.

CSN's Trenni Kusnierek and WEEI's John Tomase talked to Martinez on their show Saturday at Foxwoods and Martinez said his old teammate would be making a comeback despite the long, emotional farewell tour last season. 

For the full interview with Martinez, click here.

Red Sox executives Tom Werner, Sam Kennedy and Dave Dombrowski made no mention of Ortiz returning as a player when talking about their Dominican trip. Ortiz has repeatedly said he is going to stay retired. 

Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

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Chris Sale on leaving White Sox: 'Time for both sides to do something different, I guess'

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. -- While there’s a deal of anticipation going into Spring training with the four Killer B’s, David Price and Pablo Sandoval’s shot at redemption and Rick Porcello looking to be something similar to his 2016 self, there’s one name that trumps them all.

Chris Sale.

The lankly lefty received an ovation from fans at the Friday night Town Hall, kicking off Red Sox Winter Weekend. With his consistent success, there’s reason to be excited.

But there’s also reason for apprehension given the way Sale’s departure from Chicago was depicted. But he’s made sure to clear the air.

“I wouldn’t say . . . ya know . . . I loved my time in Chicago,” Sale said when asked if it was time to leave the Windy City. “My best baseball memories are there [and] will be there forever. I love the city; I love the people in the organization.

“It was time for both sides to do something different, I guess. I talked to (White Sox Senior V.P.) Rick on the phone, I talked to (White Sox pitching coach Don) Coop (Cooper). We’re all cool, it’s fine. We understand where both of us are, it happens in baseball, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Chicago.”

He didn’t seem irritated discussing the issue, and certainly wasn’t timid -- we all know that’s not in his DNA.

He genuinely seems excited to deal with the large sum of Sox fans and to call a new place home -- in a city his wife’s fond of no less.

But ultimately, he’s focused on winning, nothing else.

“Every time I’m out there it’s gonna be all I got,” Sale said. "Every time, no matter what. Can promise you that.”