Born to Play: My Life in the Game [NOOK Book]

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The inspirational story of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia—a giant talent in a small package—who defied his critics to become one of the greatest players in the game today

Dustin Pedroia, at five feet seven inches and 170 pounds, is not the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player in the game of baseball, but in just two years of major-league play he was named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and helped the Boston ...
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Overview

The inspirational story of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia—a giant talent in a small package—who defied his critics to become one of the greatest players in the game today

Dustin Pedroia, at five feet seven inches and 170 pounds, is not the biggest, the strongest, or the fastest player in the game of baseball, but in just two years of major-league play he was named Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player, and helped the Boston Red Sox win a World Championship. At a time when steroid scandals dominate media coverage of America’s beloved pastime, Pedroia has proven to the world that a good baseball player is more than size and statistics. His success comes from the heart.

In Born to Play, Pedroia shares the story of his difficult and uplifting journey to prove himself at every turn. More than anything, his love of the game and desire to win, not just for himself but for his teammates, defines Pedroia as an athlete—but his dedication, his perseverance, and of course, his monster swing have made him a beloved new symbol of baseball and offer hope for the future of America’s favorite game.
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“We learned that if we told this kid he couldn’t do it, he was going to go ahead and show us that he could.”
—Pat Murphy, head baseball coach,
Arizona State University

“He’s going to be an elite player every year because pitchers will always make the mistake of trying to throw fastballs by him.”
—Mike Lowell, third baseman, Boston Red Sox

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439164877
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 217,326
  • File size: 363 KB

Meet the Author

During his brief career in the majors, Dustin Pedroia has already won several awards including being named the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and the 2008 American League MVP.  Pedroia ended the 2008 season with a .326 average with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. He was tied for the MLB in hits with 213 and led the league in doubles (54), while leading the AL in runs scored (118).  In December 2008, Pedroia signed a six-year contract extension with the Red Sox.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Early Innings 9

2 Break a Leg 21

3 Rising Star 33

4 The Carson City Kid 49

5 Sun Devil 59

6 Salad Days in the Sally League 83

7 Climbing the Ladder 101

8 The Winds of Change 115

9 Going to the Show 121

10 Batter Up 131

11 Rough start 141

12 Turning a Corner 155

13 Champions 179

14 Rookie of the Year 197

15 Establishing a Routine 209

16 What Sophomore Jinx? 227

17 MVP 251

Epilogue 257

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Pedroia you rule

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    P-D

    I agree with the person that said that there is strong language in the book. Sorry pd just not a good book for little ones even though u hav a lot of little fans. There definetly was some language. Send a comment or review if u agree with me. Reply to me. Im ninja2007
    (No im not born in 2007) heres an example
    Dear ninja2007,
    I agree/disagree with you because.....
    And so on. Thanks! :)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    Go Pedro

    Dustin Pedroia is soooo awesome with his funny personality!
    !

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    a tale of a beast

    pedey is an awe inspiring figure in the game and life. great book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2011

    Amazing

    It inspired me

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2009

    Inspirational, back to basics, you can do anything if you put your heart and sole into it.

    This is a great read for any parent caught up in a world of fast food and electronics.
    Sit down and take in a few minutes to reflect on what it's really about. You don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy the message in this book. It brought me back to growing up in the 50's and 60's. You ran out the door in the morning grabbing your bat and ball or your ice skates or just on your bike, you missed lunch and usually where late for supper but that was ok! You played hard and every minute counted for something because it was a real part of who you were. You worked out your differences on the ball field etc. and you learned something about yourself and how to prepare for that great big world waiting for you someday.
    Pedroia is a good sole who worked hard for e-e-everything he has. He has an incredible work ethic. One you won't see much of these days. It's a refreshing feel good read. It can be a little slow read at times but it's still ok. You might want to read it first before your child does only because it has a few sports WORDS in it, or read it to your young sports fan, well worth it!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Good book

    This is a good book that i read it all in one day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    The autobiography Born To Play by Dustin Pedroia is about how Du

    The autobiography Born To Play by Dustin Pedroia is about how Dustin made his way to the major leagues. I enjoyed this book because it shows how determined Dustin was to make it. Also, I liked how he talked about his relationship with other famous baseball players. I would recommend this book to anybody. It is a great read that makes you want to root for Dustin Pedroia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. It was an inspiration to me and it w

    I really enjoyed this book. It was an inspiration to me and it was entertaining. It made me want
    to go outside and play baseball again. You don't have to be a sports fan to read this book either. 
    Dustin's life was worth writing about and now, it's worth reading about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Awesome

    It was awesome go pedro

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    GREAT

    This is one of if not the best sports books written by an actual player. I couldn't put the book down! Everyone should reid this!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    AWESOME!!!

    Ilove how it is written

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Amazing.

    The best, from the best.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2011

    Great Read For Any Athlete!

    Dustin Pedroia , he is 10 and He plays Little League Baseball. He plays for Red sox the team he wants too play for in the MLB when he grows up. He's always wanted too play for the Red sox his dad's name is Emanuel Pedroia. He played in the Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, he was a Shortstop and First Basemen, he was very good at Shortstop so that's what he mainly played at. Dustin Pedroia is a very Good Baseball Player, He is the Pitcher and he is good at hitting. He hit 23 Homeruns this Season and still going. They are playing in the Play-Offs they're in the First Round their playing against Miners not a really good team but the team there playing if they win is a really good team and there Rank #2 in the town and Dustin's team is Rank #1. So, it's gunna be a tough game for each other. Pedroia is getting ready to play against the Miners, the score was 5-2 Red sox win there advancing to the second round to face the Rank #6 team they beat the Bombers by 1. So, there playing the Angels in the Second round if they win this One there in the Championship at the Boston Red Sox real actual Stadium so, it was his dream too play for Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball. His favorite Baseball player was Babe Ruth who played for New York Yankee's he was a very good Baseball player and he won so many championships in his long Career with the New York Yankee's. he wanted too be just like him in baseball. Dustin Pedroia , he is 10 and He plays Little League Baseball. He plays for Red sox the team he wants too play for in the MLB when he grows up. He's always wanted too play for the Red sox his dad's name is Emanuel Pedroia. He played in the Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, he was a Shortstop and First Basemen, he was very good at Shortstop so that's what he mainly played at. Dustin Pedroia is a very Good Baseball Player, He is the Pitcher and he is good at hitting. He hit 23 Homeruns this Season and still going. They are playing in the Play-Offs they're in the First Round their playing against Miners not a really good team but the team there playing if they win is a really good team and there Rank #2 in the town and Dustin's team is Rank #1. So, it's gunna be a tough game for each other. Pedroia is getting ready to play against the Miners, the score was 5-2 Red sox win there advancing to the second round to face the Rank #6 team they beat the Bombers by 1. So, there playing the Angels in the Second round if they win this One there in the Championship at the Boston Red Sox real actual Stadium so, it was his dream too play for Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball. His favorite Baseball player was Babe Ruth who played for New York Yankee's he was a very good Baseball player and he won so many championships in his long Career with the New York Yankee's. he wanted too be just like him in baseball. Dustin Pedroia , he is 10 and He plays Little League Baseball. He plays for Red sox the team he wants too play for in the MLB when he grows up. He's always wanted too play for the Red sox his dad's name is Emanuel Pedroia. He played in the Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners, he was a Shortstop and First Basemen, he was very good at Shortstop so that's what he mainly played at. Dustin Pedroia is a very Good Baseball Player, He is the Pitcher and he is good at hitting. He hit 23 Homeruns this Season and still going. They are playing in the Play-Offs they're in the First Round their playing against Miners no

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