Dustin Pedroia broke the ring finger on his left hand Sunday, which naturally led to everyone assuming that he’d sit out the final three games of the season.
Instead the former MVP is in the Red Sox’s lineup tonight, playing second base and batting second against the Yankees.
And why is he playing through a broken finger for a last-place team with two games remaining? Peter Gammons quotes him as saying: “I will change the culture.”
I guess that’s admirable, but Pedroia already tried to play through a significant hand injury once this season and ended up hitting .210 in 26 games before the Red Sox finally placed him on the disabled list with a torn thumb muscle. It’s safe to say this has about as much chance of changing the Red Sox’s “culture” as that did.