Red Sox Legend Makes Surprise Appearance at Spring Training

Tyler Maher
The Boston Red Sox had a surprise guest at Spring Training on Saturday.
The Boston Red Sox had a surprise guest at Spring Training on Saturday. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Coming off their second last-place finish in three seasons, the Boston Red Sox could use a bit of a spark this year.

While Dustin Pedroia won't be able to give them one on the field now that he's retired, perhaps the former MVP can give them one during Spring Training.

Dustin Pedroia Spring Training

Pedroia made a surprise appearance at Boston's Spring Training facility on Saturday and was spotted demonstrating infield drills at second base. As a four-time Gold Glove winner, Pedroia is certainly qualified to teach the finer points of handling the keystone.

He also knows something about winning after helping the Red Sox win three World Series during his 14-year career, which stretched from 2006-2019. The four-time All-Star officially retired before the 2021 season after enduring multiple setbacks with a knee injury -- a disappointing and premature ending to what was shaping up to be a Hall of Fame career.

Boston is hopeful that Pedroia's knowledge, success, and winning attitude will rub off on the team this year, especially with so many new players on the roster after a busy offseason. Pedroia was part of two teams -- the 2013 and 2016 Red Sox -- that won the division a year after finishing in last place, so perhaps he can motivate the 2023 squad to do the same.

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