Pedroia and Red Sox manager Terry Francona stopped by the Ninth Annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on Thursday afternoon and shared their experiences with the charity and the type of impact its had on them.
The second baseman made it a point to say that the team is always willing to chip in and help out.
“We have a great group of guys, everyone in our clubhouse will do anything for everyone,” Pedroia said. “Everyone’s just trying to help somebody out, any day, it doesn’t really matter. We’re just blessed to play a baseball game on TV and kids watch us and love us. Hopefully we can just a put a smile on their face.”
WEEI’s Glenn Ordway also shared a story with Pedroia of a young cancer patient who unfortunately lost their battle with cancer, but had a special request for the memorial service. That child wanted an autographed photo of Pedroia to be on display at the memorial service.
“Wow … man, that’s, that’s crazy,” said the relatively speechless Pedroia after hearing the story. “I really don’t know what to say.”
Pedroia and Francona’s visit ended with Francona presenting a check, literally out of the back pocket of his uniform pants, to the cause. The skipper also used the presentation as another way to rib Pedroia saying that $20 of the check was from the All-Star second baseman.
To see and hear more about what the Jimmy Fund means to Pedroia, Francona and the Red Sox, check out the video below.