Posts Tagged ‘dustin pedroia’

>Yahoo Sports- Mariano Rivera isn’t the type to throw shade at people — teammates, ex-teammates, rivals, whoever it may be. So it’s a bit of an eyebrow-raiser to find out that Mo slams ex-New York Yankees teammate Robinson Cano in his new book, “The Closer,” which is out Tuesday. It’s not surprising, really. Just juicy. Rivera, who retired from the Yankees last season as baseball’s all-time saves leader, questions Cano’s drive and passion in the book. It’s not new criticism for Cano, who had a reputation for not hustling enough by the end of his tenure in New York. It is, however, new to hear this from Rivera, who’s usually Mr. Say the Right Thing. From the New York Daily News (whose Wayne Coffey helped Rivera write the book):
In his new autobiography, “The Closer,” Rivera writes about how much affection he has for his former teammate, but adds, “This guy has so much talent I don’t know where to start… There is no doubt that he is a Hall-of-Fame caliber (player). It’s just a question of whether he finds the drive you need to get there. I don’t think Robby burns to be the best… You don’t see that red-hot passion in him that you see in most elite players.”
As for his favorite second baseman, Rivera says Red Sox Dustin Pedroia is “at the top of the list” of players he admires, adding: “Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more. He comes at you hard for twenty-seven outs. It’s a special thing to see.”
He later writes, “If I have to win one game, I’d have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman.”

Back to back days being able to post about Mariano is pretty sweet, even if this is supposed to be him talking shit. Listen the guy shared a locker room with Cano for years and he, like everyone else who watches baseball, knows he doesn’t try hard. He doesn’t have to. There are certain dickheads in this world that are so naturally good at shit they don’t have to try hard and for Cano it’s baseball. Someone like Pedroia who is a short, balding white guy, on the other hand, has to give it their all at every single at bat. He had like two broken legs and was sitting down in the field throwing infield catch before a game, the guy is a nut. And if you just take natural ability and put them side by side, Dustin wouldn’t even come close. But he busts his fucking ass and that’s how he won an MVP and is the preferred 2nd Baseman across the league, not just in Mariano’s eyes. It’s also why I hate his fucking guts and hope he dies. Go Yanks.