I’ve decided to shift from the NL Central to the AL East for this week’s shirt giveaway. During the past two weeks, I’ve given away this Brandon Phillips TShirt to Matt Jackson, and this Matt Wieters shirt to Joey Orr.
I’ve decided to give away this Boston Red Sox Dustin Pedroia shirt:
Here’s the back:
Close up of the number:
And $25 tag.
The the way, the winner can choose the shirt in a size SMALL, MEDIUM, LARGE, EXTRA LARGE or 2XL.
I post blog entries every day. All you have to do is leave a comment or retweet my blog link on twitter.
So, again, to enter:
1) Leave a comment.
You can enter up to seven times per week simply by leaving a comment. Non-pertinent, spam, or inappropriate comments will not be accepted. If you comment multiple times on the same blog entry, it still counts as one entry. For example, if you commented on three different blog posts from this week, you’d have three entries. If you’d comment three times on the same blog posting, it would could as one.
2) Retweet (RT) my posts on Twitter
You can find me on twitter under 333greystreet. Simply retweet my daily posts of my blog link and I’ll count that as an entry. My blog is connected to my twitter so that I automatically tweet once I post a new entry. Each day, I’ll search who’s retweeted me and enter those users into a hat along with the commenters. By the way, you do not need to retweet my every tweet, only the tweets that announce a new blog post and url. For example, if I tweeted, ‘Rerun of the Pirates Opening Day 2011 on tonight,’ if you retweeted it, it wouldn’t count as an entry.
At the end of the week on Sunday, I’ll have Olivia, Amy or I will choose a name from a hat and announce the winner.
So let’s talk a bit about Dustin Pedroia.
Pedroia was the AL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and AL MVP in 2008. In 2011, he put up similar numbers to that of his MVP campaign, with a career high with 21 HR, 26 steals, and a .307 batting average. However, overshadowing Pedroia’s successful 2011 was the historic collapse of the Boston Red Sox in September.
The Red Sox had a 9 game lead in September in the wildcard race, and went 7-20 in September to be overtaken by the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Sox have a new manager at the helm, Bobby Valentine, which should help some, but many of the same players return and questions abound. Will Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit better than .235? Can Kevin Youkilis stay healthy? Will Carl Crawford continue to suck as he looks like a potential huge bust after only hitting .255 with 11 HR. He’s making 19.5 million this year. Will age catch up to David Ortiz like it appeared to in ’07-’08? (before Ortiz rebounded to have good seasons the last two years.) Will members of the starting rotation continue to eat chicken, drink beer, and play videogames while games are going on (let’s hope not). Can Jacoby Ellsbury repeat his 2011 MVP caliber performance? How will Clay Buchholz, Alfredo Aceves, and Dice-K fare in the rotation?
It’s a lot of questions, and I don’t think the Red Sox will make the playoffs in 2012. The Yankees and Rays are, in my opinion, better. What do you think?
Also, is Dustin Pedroia the best second baseman in the game? According to the MLB Yearbook and Fantasy Guide that I recently purchased, he’s #1, followed by Ian Kinsler, Robinson Cano, Chase Utley, and Dan Uggla. Do you agree? Personally, I think Cano is better – the only thing that Pedroia beats him handily at is stolen bases.
What are your thoughts on the Red Sox and/or Pedroia?
Good luck in this week’s contest.
Hopefully it comes in handy to whoever wins it. I need a new Red Sox shirt too. Check out my Manny Ramirez shirt that I used in 2011:
By the way, that’s an excellent pic, as you can see Nick Pelescak’s frustration with the PNC Park crowd. PNC Park is tough on high attendance games. There’s 6 rows of bleachers, and everyone packs in. I only got 4 balls that game, and 7 the next thanks to some luck bounces.
There’s only 52 more days until Opening Day and 5 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.