Former area star on the Red Sox stealing signs: ‘We’re trying to win baseball games’

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia says stealing signs is no big deal.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia says stealing signs is no big deal. The Associated Press

It was widely reported Tuesday that the Boston Red Sox used Apple Watches to steal signs from the rival New York Yankees in an August series.

Big deal, says a four-time All-Star who grew up playing baseball in the Sacramento region.

“It’s part of the game,” Dustin Pedroia, a second baseman with Boston who is a Woodland native, told The Associated Press. “Our adjustment to that stuff is: go out to the mound and change the signs. … It’s been around a long, long time. We were doing that at Douglass Junior High School, where I played. So I don’t think this should be news to anybody.”

Pedroia is among the players who is being implicated in helping steal signs. The former Woodland High School star who was The Bee’s Position Player of the Year in 2001 doesn’t believe the guys who take the field started this.

“I know the players, on both sides, I’m sure are probably … I don’t think it’s from them,” Pedroia told AP, referring to the Yankees’ players. “We already played them 19 times. What did they beat us, 11? They beat us. I’m not going to cry to anybody about it. It’s baseball.”

Regardless of who blew the whistle, Pedroia won’t let it bother him one bit.

“Playing in this environment, we’re going to have a thick skin and turn the page on whatever’s being said. A lot of it is just talk. That’s it. You just go play,” he said. “We have a 3 1/2-game lead in our division. Other than that, nobody gives a (expletive). We’re trying to win baseball games.”

That’s exactly what the Red Sox have done since Pedroia debuted in August 2006. The 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and 2008 A.L. MVP has helped Boston reach the playoffs five times and win two World Series titles (2007, ’13).