Red Sox veteran second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s minor league stint was put on hold Tuesday night when the Pawtucket Red Sox’s game against the Buffalo Bisons was rained out. The teams are scheduled to play bright and early this morning at 11:05 as part of a “Student Day” promotion.
Last night’s rainout was certainly a blow to Pawtucket, which is trying to make the most out of the Red Sox hero’s time in Triple-A. The team has promoted Pedroia (aka Captial Grille for his generous postgame spread Monday) on its social media platforms, and while his presence is hardly equivalent to “Tebow Mania,” he would likely have helped the PawSox draw a larger-than-normal crowd Tuesday night if the weather had cooperated.
The PawSox will hit the road after today’s game for a brief three-game series in Rochester before starting an eight-game homestand. According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, Pedroia will make that trip after sitting out today’s morning game. However, Pedroia appears eager to make his season debut in the big leagues, so there is no telling how much of the homestand he’ll play in.
Rochester will likely be eager to welcome Pedroia to town and could use a boost after enduring some rough weather early this season.
Pedroia began a rehab stint Monday night with the PawSox (International League) and apparently did everything expected of a big leaguer coming to a minor league team.
Pedroia spoke with the media before the game . . .
Pedroia signed autographs for fans (hopefully kids). If you’ve never been to McCoy Stadium, which opened in 1942 and is one of minor league baseball’s oldest ballparks, the dugouts are embedded in the grandstands, creating a longtime tradition of fans fishing for player autographs. Pedroia, who played in Pawtucket from 2005-06, obliged the autograph-seekers.
Pedroia even managed to get a hit, going 1-for-3, and drew a nice crowd of 2,924—just off the PawSox’s season average of 3,389 but a good showing for a cool Monday evening in May.
Most importantly, Pedroia reportedly fulfilled the duty that all big league stars should do—but don’t always do—during minor league rehab appearances: pay for the postgame spread.
Pedroia’s catering was appreciated by his new teammates. Just how much did they appreciate it? Well, PawSox manager Kevin Boles penciled him into last night’s lineup under his new nickname: Capital Grille.
“Great spread: Capital Grille [steak], lobster mac and cheese,” said PawSox manager Kevin Boles, according to Speier. “He can stay as long as he wants.”
Good on ya, Dustin.