Rob Bradford of WEEI had Pedey on The Big Show and heard him tell this story. Pedroia and his family were vacationing with Dodgers OF Andre Ethier when Pedroia had to sprint across an airport terminal in order to make a flight. Here’s what he told WEEI – Boston about the situation:
“They wanted me, who just got cleared to jog, to sprint to the gate, which is on the other side of the airport, to hold the plane up. So I’m sprinting, testing out my foot with my shoelaces untied, holding my 30-pound son — by the way, my foot felt phenomenal — sprinting through the airport, and I get to the gate, and I’m like, ‘Ma’am, did the flight leave?’ She said, ‘I’m going to give you three minutes.’ I’m like, ‘There’s no way.’ Andre’s kid is a little bigger than [Pedroia’s son] Dylan and he’s running everywhere. Two seconds later, the pilot comes off the plane and goes, ‘We’ve got a situation.’ I thought, ‘Jeez, now we’re definitely staying here.’
“She pulls off this couple. Some woman was beating the [expletive] out of her husband on the plane. They pull those two off. This guy has a bloody face. He must have smarted off or something. The flight was delayed 30 minutes, and we got to get on the flight. I almost high-fived everybody. It was awesome.”
“It was out of control. We ended up getting on. I was more pumped my foot felt good from sprinting with a 30-pound kid on me. We got on the flight. I was pumped. It was a good day.”
You can’t make this stuff up.