Dustin Pedroia will be featured on the cover of the next issue of Sports Illustrated as the "heart" of the Red Sox.
In the story by Tom Verducci, Pedroia reveals, among other things, how his latest nickname came to be.
Pedroia says his latest moniker, the Muddy Chicken, came about during the postgame meal following Bostons 10, 16-inning win over Tampa Bay in June:
David Ortiz was eating this chicken from the Dominican Republic," he told SI. "I dont know who he got it from. But it was bleeping disgusting. So I said, I want to be called that. Bleeping Muddy Chicken. They started laughing, so they started calling me that. And it was a 16-inning game, and I think there were some cocktails involved in some peoples interviews. Thats basically it. And then we got back home and, thanks to New Balance, there are boxes of Muddy Chicken T-shirts. Im like, Whats wrong with you guys?
Pedroia also gets some backhanded praise from White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen:
I love that little guy," Guillen tells SI. "It looks like he escaped from Cirque du Soleil and they put a uniform on him.
Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.