Call it some infielder to infielder respect as Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story paid tribute to Dustin Pedroia on Monday as Pedroia made his retirement from the Boston Red Sox public.
After 14 seasons and helping the Red Sox to three World Series titles, the 37-year-old Pedroia announced his decision to step away from the game on Monday. The 2008 American League Most Valuable Player was a four-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner and often showcased his defensive skills on the diamond, a trait shared by Story since his debut with the Rockies back in 2016.
With Pedroia’s announcement, Story took to Twitter with a simple message aimed at Pedroia, a sign of respect from one defensively skilled player to another.
If you’re not familiar with the reference, Pedroia made “laser show” a part of Red Sox lore during a postgame interview in 2010, defending teammate David Ortiz after he had gotten off to a slow start to the season.
"“A couple of years ago, I had 60 at-bats, I was hitting .170, and everyone was ready to kill me, too,” Pedroia said in the interview. “And what happened? Laser show. So, relax.”"
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Of course, we know the rest of the story and how pivotal Ortiz and Pedroia both were to the success of the Boston franchise.
Now it will be interesting to see what lies ahead for Story after the Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals were still working to finalize a deal on Monday that is sending Colorado All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado to the Cardinals.
With that deal in place and likely finished up soon, the focus for the Rockies will now shift to Story and his long-term standing with the club. The 28-year-old Story, who is a two-time All-Star and Silver Slugger, has a contract that expires at the end of this season, prompting speculation on whether the Rockies will be able to sign him to a new deal or will use him as a trade chip before his contract expires.
Regardless of what lies ahead for Story in a Rockies uniform, Monday was simply a day for the All-Star shortstop to tip his cap to an All-Star second baseman and the end of his successful, award-filled career.