After Boston's 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in 16 innings Sunday night/Monday morning at Tropicana Field, every Red Sox player kept yelling "Muddy Chicken" in the clubhouse.Dustin Pedroia's hitting streak is now at 15 games, and he has reached base in 27 straight. Since June 5, he is hitting .382/.482/.699/1.180. No one in baseball has been hotter than the Muddy Chicken.
We don't know his real name anymore. He is now the Muddy Chicken. The Muddy Chicken is definitely the player of the game. He got it done when we absolutely needed it.When questioned about the freshly-minted sobriquet, Pedroia grinned and said:
I have no idea what you're talking about. I don't make up my own nicknames. It sounds awesome, though, doesn't it?tweeted:
Dustin Pedroia just told me he would like to officially change his nickname from "Laser Show" to "Muddy Chicken". Effective immediately.SoSHer Savin Hillbilly:
On June 5 he woke up with a .673 OPS. This morning he woke up at .866. In the intervening 34 games, he has batted .382/.482/.699/1.180. His counting numbers during that stretch, if pro-rated to 162 games, would give him 248 hits, 67 doubles, 43 HR, 129 BB, 153 runs scored and 134 RBI.David Ortiz:
Right now, he's Babe Ruth.
Just put it down in the newspaper, I wouldn't trade Pedey for nobody in this league right now.Pedey is dead. Long live the Muddy Chicken.