Pedroia: 'I'm here, this is home'

Pedroia: 'I'm here, this is home'
July 24, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Dustin Pedroia began his major league career with the Boston Red Sox in 2006. He won a World Series with the team in 2007, and became the first Red Sox player in 13 years to win the AL MVP in 2008.

And now Pedroia could finish his career with the Red Sox, signing a 7-year, $100-million contract extension that will keep the second baseman in Boston through 2021, when he is 38 years old.

“I love playing here, I love being around my teammates, I love being around the front office that took a chance on me,” said Pedroia. “It’s important for me to play here.”

Pedroia has played 957 games in a Red Sox uniform, hitting .303 with 1,146 hits, 96 home runs, 467 RBI, and scored 618 runs. He’s played in four All-Star games, has won two Gold Gloves, and was a Silver Slugger in 2008.

Most importantly, he has been the heart and soul of the Red Sox since becoming a full-timer in 2007.

I’m here,” added the 29-year old. “This is home.”