Born to Play: My Life in the Game

Born to Play: My Life in the Game

by Dustin Pedroia


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439157763
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 261
Sales rank: 245,008
Product dimensions: 9.24(w) x 6.28(h) x 0.69(d)

About 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.

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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