As part of its Obsessive's Guide to the 2009 Red Sox, Boston magazine has a lengthy feature on Dustin Pedroia.
Elsewhere, Hideki Okajima reveals that his unique pitching delivery is derived from a Japanese comic book he read as a child.
When he released the ball, his head was facing down and his hat fell to the ground. I was trying to copy the motion. I believed it would make me throw harder.The set of trading cards is cute -- Kevin Youkilis really had a speaking part in the 1994 movie Milk Money?* -- but the magazine gets points off for including crap like "salary per hit" and "salary per inning pitched". Yes. Baseball players get paid a lot of money, much more than schulbs like us. We get it.
*: It's true. The movie was filmed in his hometown of Cincinnati. He was 14 (not 11, as noted at some sites) and had one line -- he's on screen for about three seconds.