Dustin Pedroia claims he was only joking when he referred to his hometown as a "dump" in a cover story for Boston magazine:
Everyone wants to get out of there. You don't want to stay in Woodland. What do you want to stay in Woodland for? The place sucks.His family has been harassed since the article appeared. One man has been arrested for making death threats.
I'm totally crushed by this, devastated, because I didn't mean it that way at all. The writer doesn't know my personality. I kid around a lot, and that's what I was doing when I was talking about Woodland. ...
My family and best friends still live there. I love going home. This article made me seem like a jerk, and I'm not. ... I regret that this happened. I learned that I need to be more careful.