Fielding more than his share of bad hops

Pedroia found focus in baseball when real life reared its ugly head last season

Updated: March 8, 2010, 10:55 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- His older brother went to prison for a sex crime, and almost without fail, the papers identified the perpetrator as "Dustin Pedroia's brother."

His father, Guy, received death threats at the family's tire store after an interview his son gave in which he was quoted as saying his hometown was "a dump."

His wife, Kelli, was in and out of the hospital because of complications with her first pregnancy, relief not coming to the anxious couple until their ...

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