Dustin Pedroia faced the media Friday for the first time since reports surfaced that he had applauded David Price's verbal takedown of Dennis Eckersley, denying that he done so and offerering a passionate defense of himself and his team.
"It bothers you when stuff's not true. You know what I mean?" he said. "I'll do anything for my teammates . . . We're moving past this. We've moved past this. This was a month ago. We all love each other. We're in here together. There's nothing that's going to divide this team."
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Leadership on the Red Sox: "I'm standing right here. Been here for a long time. We're in first place. So, that's it. Write what you guys want. Here I am. [Don't see] anybody else standing up doing this, do you? Do you? Nope. Fact. There's your source. From the mouth."
On whether Price had apologized to Eckersley: "They're going to have a conversation. We're grown men here . . . They'll have a conversation when they see each other. David's a man. He's going to do it face-to-face . . . [He's] not going to do it over the phone or [by] text message. When he sees him, they will have a conversation."
On the Sox clubhouse: "We love each other. I love David Price. One of my favorite teammates ever. So, we're all in this together and we're all trying to . . . overcome everything and win the World Series, in spite [of] what anybody thinks of our team. We're in first place right now and we're going to try to keep it going."