How cardboard version of the Pedroia family inspired Mitch Moreland

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Mitch Moreland had a good game Friday night. A really good game.

Along with a defensive effort at first base that offered the impression that no Blue Jays grounder to the right side of the infield was going to find its way through, Moreland blasted his fourth homer of the season, clearing the fence in right field. The two-run blast gave the Red Sox a lead they would never relinquish on the way to a 5-3 win over Toronto at Fenway Park.

After the game, Moreland revealed he had a little extra motivation.

Even though Dustin Pedroia and his family sat back in their Arizona home, their presence loomed large. And don't think Moreland (and others on the Red Sox) didn't take notice. It's amazing what some cardboard cutouts strategically placed behind the home dugout can accomplish.

Putting the power on display. -- pic.twitter.com/twLhdXZcTU

— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 8, 2020

Pedroia fam wins best cutouts.No competition. -- pic.twitter.com/PcPDZe7Gr3

— Red Sox (@RedSox) August 7, 2020

"As soon as I walked out today, I looked up and saw Pedey staring at me and I was like, oh man, we better lock it in," Moreland said. "Pedey’s going to be in the front row. It was awesome to see him even if it was a cardboard piece, but I might go up there and take my picture with his family, him and his family or something. Yeah, it was cool to see."

Moreland is now hitting .292 with a 1.153 OPS, having gone 1-for-3 under the watchful eye of Cole, Dylan, Brooks and Dustin Pedroia.

"I’m just trying to go up there, get a good pitch and put a good swing on it," he said. "Right now I’m happy with those results, but just trying to stay and keep it simple, stay within my gameplan, and like I said, put a good swing on a good pitch."

 

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