Dustin Pedroia

Dustin Pedroia: 'We're not going to care what anybody else says'

Ryan Hannable
June 15, 2015 - 1:32 pm

Following losing six straight games and falling 10 games below .500 in the process, the Red Sox held another team meeting Monday afternoon at Fenway Park. At that meeting, one of the things expressed was to ignore everything that is being said outside the clubhouse and focus on the task at hand, which is playing winning baseball. "We're worried about today's game," Pedroia said. "That's one thing that is going to start changing. We're not going to listen to you guys' [expletive]. We're just going to play baseball, that's it. We're going to try and be positive and play winning baseball. We're not going to care what anybody else says, we're going to care about our 25 guys and play together. That's about it." Despite trailing the Yankees by eight games in the AL East and being five games behind the fourth place team, Pedroia remains confident the team can turn it around. "Very confident and it starts with our guys," Pedroia said. "Eliminate the distractions and go play together. The only people that think we can do it are the 25 guys in here. I think we're going to start listening to the other nonsense and worry about playing winning baseball and today's game and play as hard as we can, try and win. If we win, we win. The next day we'll worry about tomorrow's game." The second baseman also reiterated it isn't one player or one person's fault for the team's lack of success, it's everyone together. "We're all in it together," he said. "I don't buy into it's one person's fault. We're all in this together." This is Pedroia's 10th year in Boston, so he is fully aware what it is like, but with a number of new and younger players, they may not fully understand what comes with playing in the city. Pedroia said it doesn't matter what the outside is saying, it's what the players inside the clubhouse think. "Me personally, I've been around here long enough to know when it's going good everyone loves you, but when it's going bad everyone hates you," Pedroia said. "It is what it is. For some of the guys that come around here, you start to think what people say about you. That's not the reality. The reality is you show up to work everyday and work hard and be yourself. What other people say doesn't dictate how I feel about them and that's the only thing that matters. The 25 guys are going to come together and we're going to play winning baseball." With the season being almost 40 percent complete, there's still over half the season left, time to turn things around, but being 10 games under .500 it's not going to be easy. "Like I said, we're trying to play winning baseball," Pedroia said. "We're going to focus on that. The past is the past and we dug ourselves a hole and we're going to dig ourselves out of it and it starts with everyone together. It's not the manager, it's not the GM, it's not me, it's not David [Ortiz], it's everybody together is going to do that and we're going to do it together. We're the only ones who think we can and the only way to do it is if we all believe it and do it ourselves."