Pedroia takes a stand

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Pedroia takes a stand

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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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

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Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.