Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia went eight for his first eight in the first two games of the hometown nine’s recent series against the Chicago White Sox. This prompted escaped mental patient and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to walk Pedroia intentionally with a six-run deficit in the eighth inning of the second game.
Asked about the decision after the game, Guillen made the curious choice to hop on a horse racing metaphor and beat that horse to within an inch of it’s life:
”I never thought I was going to walk a goddamn jockey,” Guillen said of the 5-7 Pedroia, a player he actually admires. ”Walking a guy who just came from being on top of Big Brown. Right now, he’s on a roll. This guy right now is on fire. No matter what you throw up there, he’s going to get it. I can’t believe you can change professions in one year, go from the Kentucky Derby to the Boston Red Sox ballpark.”
While I admire Guillen’s willingness to say interesting things to the press, I’m afraid this is an inaccurate descriptive choice for Pedroia. Everybody with a brain knows Pedroia is not a jockey, but is, in fact, Marvin the Martian.
‘Jockey’ Pedroia whips S. Siders [Sun-Times]