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Before he was a Red Sox star, Dustin Pedroia was a top prospect in Portland
Dustin Pedroia came to Portland as a shortstop, but because of a glut of talent at the position in the Red Sox system, he had to convert to 2nd base. He was already well on his way during fielding practice on April 7, 2005.
Beyond this interview on April 7, 2005, it was a habit for Dustin Pedroia to wear his hat that low during his time in Portland with the Sea Dogs.
The talent that would make Dustin Pedroia a star in Boston was already evident to Sea Dogs fans as they watched him belt a home run against the Trenton Thunder on June 21, 2005.
With Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein watching from the stands at Hadlock Field in Portland, Dustin Pedroia picked a good time to drive a home run against the Trenton Thunder on June 21, 2005.
The home run Dustin Pedroia hit against the Trenton Thunder on June 21, 2005 was his third of the season for the Portland Sea Dogs.
Brandon Moss was the first Sea Dogs teammate to give Dustin Pedroia a high five after his two-run homer in a game against the Trenton Thunder on June 21, 2005.
Dustin Pedroia embraces the adulation of Sea Dogs fans with open arms after hitting a home run in a game against the Trenton Thunder on June 21, 2005.