Dustin Pedroia took batting practice before the game, keeping the weight off his broken left foot by kneeling on a stool as he swung at pitches from hitting coach Dave Magadan.
I just wanted to see some pitches,’’ he said. “I actually felt pretty good.’’
Pedroia’s foot may be broken but his spirit is intact. As manager Terry Francona spoke to reporters in his office before the game, Pedroia walked back and forth in the hallway yelling loudly.
Dustin Pedroia: a man among men.
“Let’s go,’’ he said at one point. “Hoo-haw!’’