As thrilled as Dustin Pedroia is to be staying in Boston long-term, the city is just as excited — if not more so — for the heart and soul of the Red Sox to sign his seven-year contract extension.

Dennis Eckersley sat down with Tom Caron to discuss the second baseman’s reported new deal and emphasized Pedroia’s importance to the team, on and off the field. Eckersley went as far as to say that Pedroia means to the Red Sox what Derek Jeter means to the Yankees.

Check out what else the guys had to say about the extension in the video above.