One of these men IS a Red Sox. The other WAS a Red Sox, having been made available by the Pittsburgh Pirates who failed to protect him off waivers, and then having been traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Willy Mo Pena. One was a league MVP in 2008. The other has, at times, been kind of a marginal player in the game. One of these men might unkindly, but reasonably accurately, be described as "pint sized." The other is a "hunk," over half a foot taller than the first. The first set of attributes belongs to Dustin Pedroia; the second, to Bronson Arroyo. If you met Pedroia out of uniform, you would not take him for a baseball player, let alone an MVP. Many scouts would pass him up, and many did. He was drafted with Boston's first pick toward the end of the second round, because Boston had given ...
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