If you watched Baseball Tonight on Monday night like Red Sox Monster did, you would have enjoyed this exchange between Pedroia and ESPN's Steve Berthiaume about a notable phobia that the Red Sox second baseman holds:
Pedroia: "I hate flying. That's my biggest thing. ... (But) Alex Cora(notes), who is one of my best friends and was [a teammate] a couple of years ago, he used a line from 'Rocky' on [the plane] and I still kind of live by it. I looked at him one time and I was scared to death. And he goes, 'Hey man: If we die, we die.' And I'm like, 'That's a good point.' "
Pedroia: "Yeah. Yes, straight from 'Rocky IV.' And when he said that to me, I said, 'Yeah, you're kind of right.' So, I've been a little bit better since then, but I stick to that on the plane.' "
Paranoia will destroy ya', Pedroia!
However, as someone who navigates life using the morality imparted by the first "Star Wars" trilogy, I can relate to Pedroia resorting to pop culture wisdom to comfort him in a time of worry.
I've just never quite understood why Ivan Drago — the Soviet boxer actor Dolph Lundgren played — was such a popular character.
No matter how glib his lines — "If he dies, he dies"; "I must break you"; "He's not human, he is like piece of iron"; "I win for me! For me!" — anybody who kills Apollo Creed in the ring is no sage of mine.
But hey, whatever gets Pedroia through a flight. A lot of people are afraid to fly, but the problem becomes even greater when significant air travel is required for your job — as in baseball. If we can't have flying cars, maybe we can get the Obama Bullet Train for Pedroia's sake.
And might I suggest he paraphrase another fictional character — someone who only killed Greedo — to get through the Red Sox's next charter?
"Traveling through the air ain't like dustin' crops, boy," he should say to himself.