Back in their seats
Now that the Boston Red Sox and Woodland native Dustin Pedroia have been eliminated from the baseball playoffs, I figured members of the family would be back in their Kings seats for today's final preseason game at Arco Arena. That was the plan. In a quick call to the family's Valley Tire Store in Woodland earlier in the day, Brett Pedroia, Dustin's older brother, said they had missed all the previous preseason games because of a conflict with the baseball playoffs.
"It seemed like every time the Kings were playing, so was Dustin," said Pedroia, who manages the family-owned tire store with his parents, Guy and Debbie. "We went to Dustin's games in Anaheim, and we were planning on going to the World Series, so this was a real disappointment. It was especially tough on my mom. She is so energetic. ... When Dustin hit that home run in Game 7 (against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS), we thought we were going to win it."
Brett, who routinely converses about the Kings with his sibling - an impassioned fan of his hometown team - offers this assessment of the season: "I'm always the optimist, so I don't agree with people picking us to only win 25 games or so. We have Bobby Jackson. With Kevin Martin, and some of the young players, I think we'll surprise some people. And I think Geoff (Petrie) is going to make a deal that moves us up a little into the playoff picture."
Who wants to know?
Having Jackson back has done wonders for the personality of the locker room. You never know what the veteran guard, now 35, will say. His latest comment/question pertained to Ron Artest's visit. "I wonder if he'll get booed?" Jackson asked, laughing. "We all know what that's like."