Ric Flair shrine hangs above Pedroia's locker

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Ric Flair shrine hangs above Pedroia's locker

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
BOSTON Dustin Pedroia has always had a love for pro wrestling and the Nature Boy Ric Flair, but it skyrocketed to a whole other level this week as he has placed a shrine to the WWE wrestler up above his locker stall in the Fenway home clubhouse.

The Sox second baseman and outfielder Josh Reddick teamed up to purchase a very regal-looking red wrestling robe with Nature Boy written across the back, and placed the robe up above his stall. The robe is pretty flamboyant with white ruffles around the sleeves and collar area is big enough to be worn by somebody with Flairs oversized build.

To somebody unfamiliar with the world of pro wrestling, the robe actually looked like a winter coat worn by Mrs. Claus in one of the Rudolph the Reindeer specials but theres no mistaking what it was upon closer inspection.

Reddick purchased the robe autographed by Flair himself for 400 with his E-Bay account last week, and the red robe came with a WWE championship belt thats hanging next to Pedroias newest locker conversation piece.

Pedroia said he might wear the robe on the special occasion, and that it wont be coming down from above his locker anytime soon.

"That thing aint going anywhere 'till I get traded or released, said a cocksure Pedroia as he suited up to get ready for Tuesday nights tilt against the Cleveland Indians. I dont have an E-Bay account, so Reddick found that thing online and got it. There was no doubt it was coming here. Thats the Nature Boy, baby.

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Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

Sandoval 'starting from scratch' after career had 'fallen into an abyss'

The Pablo Sandoval redemption tour is underway as the former World Series MVP tries to revive his career after two disastrous seasons with the Red Sox organization.

In an interview with ESPN Deportes, he admits to being “complacent” during his first two seasons in Boston after signing a five-year, $95 million deal. 

"My career had fallen into an abyss because I was so complacent with things that I had already accomplished," Sandoval said. "I did not work hard in order to achieve more and to remain at the level of the player that I am and that I can be."

After dealing Travis Shaw to the Brewers, Sandoval is expected to be the Red Sox primary third baseman in 2017.

"I am not taking anything for granted," he said. "I am here to work hard. I'm not thinking about the position or not. I am starting from scratch, and I am here to show what I can do on the field."

The 30-year-old says he’s following a “really strict routine” this offseason, and it shows. In a recent photo, Sandoval appears noticeably thinner. Sandoval says his wife giving birth to “Baby Panda” has served as inspiration.

"Watching 'Baby Panda' grow up and that he gets the opportunity to see his father play in the majors for seven, eight more years, to get back to the success I had, that's my motivation every day," Sandoval said. "The people that I surround myself with now and my family, they are the key to my success. This has been a life lesson."

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Tanguay: Could Red Sox ownership be going for it now, then sell the team?

Could John Henry sell ownership of the Boston Red Sox anytime soon, or does he want to keep winning?  Shaughnessy, Merloni, and Tanguay debate.