I just got through reading Dustin Pedroia's conversation with Rob Bradford, and I came away pretty impressed. (If you haven't read it yet, catch the highlights over here.)
Most of all, I just think that Pedroia's really honest here. Remember when everything came out at the end of last year and essentially every player in that clubhouse skirted around discussing what really happened? When whether it was a matter of saving his own face, or not ratting out a teammate it was like pulling teeth to get anyone to admit that there was even a problem?
Right, well in this interview, there's none of that. Without hesitation, Pedroia addressed every issue. And while in some ways, it sounds like he's making excuses, I don't think that's the case. He admits that he shouldn't have called out Bobby V or taken that (what I'm sure was a hilarious) photo when his manager was passed out. He admits that he should have found a way to make it to Johnny Pesky's funeral. But in doing so, he's just trying to explain his thought process, however wrong it may have been. He's just being open and honest. He's being accountable. What more can we possibly ask for?
Personally, it would have been nice if he spoke out on the whole "That's not how we do things around here" issue a little sooner. It might have gone a long way had he taken this stand "It came out wrong. I messed that up. No question about it. Obviously I don't want to call out our manager by any means. I've never been put in that situation before and I didn't know how to respond. I regret that all that happened." immediately after incident took place.
But hey, there's nothing we can do now. And it's not like Pedroia was the only one screwing up. There's barely a guy in that clubhouse who hasn't made a big mistake or two over the last year.
It's just nice that some of them are finally ready to own up, so everyone else can move on.
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Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.
Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.
Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.
Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.
Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.
Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners.
Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014.
Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.