But there’s one area where Pedroia and Jeter are in decidedly different camps, and that’s the world of high fashion and Q ratings. While Pedroia commands great respect from Red Sox fans, it’s the kind that comes from him playing hard and carrying his team — not from him doing anything outside the sports world, especially anything that would build a heartthrob status.
That’s why it was so funny that Pedroia was called a “sexy” player in a survey for the Red Sox recently. While the overriding point — that Pedroia is a player who resonates with fans, and whom women like to root for — was valid, the way it was termed had everyone doing a “what now?”
Consider Pedroia one of the amused.
“They didn’t need to hire a [expletive] marketing team,” Pedroia said at spring training Tuesday, according to The Boston Globe. “I could have told them that for free. It was all my friends. … I don’t know — I just started laughing. That’s pretty funny.”
Pedroia was also in the joking mood when asked what he did during the offseason.
“Straight body building,” he said. “Can’t you tell?”
A little working out — and some Wes Welker-style hair treatment — may be all Pedroia needs to take that Q rating to the next level.