Dustin Pedroia is saying all of the right stuff, so we shall see if he is telling the truth and if he is right.
Will the Red Sox have their second baseman this season or are they going to have to make Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt fill the void?
Well, if you buy what the 35-year-old, who was the AL MVP in 2008, you probably would feel pretty good about the whole situation.
Here is what he recently told Boston Sports Journal (which is behind a pay wall and truthfully, not the most popular website going):
"Listen, I'm in a lot better position right now than I was last year. I'm very confident and excited that I'm going to be able to do it and go forward. No I understand a lot more than I did last year. I was trying to heal while rehabbing and that probably wasn't the smartest thing to do. I've taken time and changed my rehab philosophy, let my knee heal and a lot more and I feel good."
No word on what he changed his philosophy from. Was it from theism to objectivism or ethical egoism to nihilism? He didn't exactly say, but he did say he feels a lot better which might make you, in turn, feel a lot better.
Regardless of the situation here, it's good that the Red Sox have some insurance at second base in case this thing goes south again.
Not really sure how Pedroia is going to do this season, how healthy he will be or anything like that, but a productive Pedroia would lift the team, so that's something.
However, he is older now, so there's no guarantees here. We will find out how he is feeling when the games start to count--because spring training is not relevant.