Dustin Pedroia explains why he wore his World Series uniform to practice


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It was a passing mention by Alex Cora when talking about Dustin Pedroia. 

In one of his daily briefings with the media, the Red Sox manager passed along that Pedroia had not only sent him a video of the second baseman working out near his Arizona home but pointed out that he was executing the drills while wearing a full World Series uniform.

Talking for the first time since arriving at Red Sox camp Friday morning Pedroia explained what was behind putting on his full uniform at his local Arizona high school.

"Yeah, (clubhouse attendant Steve Murphy) Murph sent me, I have to wear a brace when I play. I’m like, ‘Man, I don’t want to get to camp and…’  I can’t wear a brace over my pants," Pedroia said. "Let’s not be ridiculous. So they sent me my pants, and I put my pants on and I had just a shirt. I’m looking like an idiot. I had my World Series jersey so I’m like, ‘Let’s go.’ So I went to Chandler-Gilbert (High) full uni. It was awesome."

What did onlookers think of the image?

"They thought the champs were in town," he joked. "I don’t know what they were thinking."