Gronk goes to Hollywood

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Gronk goes to Hollywood

One more quick post before we head into the weekend, and this one is serious business.

It's a story about one man. One dream. And his quest to maintain the most ridiculous human existence known to man.

This is about Gronk.
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will be the Oscars Red Carpet correspondent for @theeisenpodcast @richeisen, conducting interviews with the stars NFL Media PR (@InsideNFLMedia) February 14, 2013Yeah, that's right. If you haven't heard, the Summer of Gronk (Phase 2) is already well underway (in February). And as you obviously now, his next stop is the Oscars, where he'll work the Red Carpet as a correspondent for Rich Eisen and his similarly name podcast.

Frankly, I can't wait. I know a lot of folks in this town get all whacked out about Gronk's extra-curriculars, but I think it's great especially when those extra-curriculars lead to him standing on a red carpet, with a microphone, interviewing some of the most vain and humorless people in the world right before the biggest night of their life.

It's a recipe for comedy gold. In fact, as long as he doesn't make a pass at Emmanuelle Riva, or slap a DDT on DDL or just get drunk and do the naked worm through one of Ryan Seacrest's live shots, I don't see how it can go wrong.

Same goes for your weekend. Have a good one.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

Dustin Pedroia leaves Thursday's game with left knee pain

Dustin Pedroia leaves Thursday's game with left knee pain

A sloppy, cold night at Fenway Park led to an early exit for Dustin Pedroia, who was pulled because of left knee pain.

The Red Sox said the move was precautionary and that Pedroia is day to day. The press-box announcement included the note that manager John Farrell removed Pedroia, which is not typically information provided in-game, but was perhaps an attempt to reinforce that Pedroia did not want to exit the game.

Pedroia had surgery on that knee in October. It's the same leg that was hurt when Manny Machado slid into Pedroia at second base in April, the slide that sparked the plunking war between the Orioles and Red Sox.

Pedroia led off the third inning Thursday night against the Rangers' Nick Martinez with a walk and scored when the next batter, Xander Bogaerts, homered. Pedroia grounded out to end the bottom of the fourth. 

He did not field a ball in the top of the fifth and was replaced by Josh Rutledge ahead of the top of the sixth.