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No love for Woodland

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff April 6, 2009 07:05 AM

Even if you could go home again, Dustin Pedroia probably doesn’t want to.

In a thoroughly entertaining Boston magazine profile of the Red Sox second baseman, by writer Tommy Craggs, Pedroia comes out firing against his hometown of Woodland, Calif.

Woodland is a bedroom community of more than 50,000 people that lies 20 miles northwest of Sacramento. It is often described as being something out of Our Town, which is an odd point of comparison for a place once known by its early settlers as "By Hell." "It's a dump," says Pedroia, whose parents run a tire store on Main Street and whose family seems to occupy a position in Woodland roughly equivalent to that enjoyed by the Grimaldis in Monaco. "You can quote me on that. I don't give a [expletive]." He shakes his head.

Pedroia acknowledges he's angry with the town for something he won't specify, though it's safe to assume it involves his older brother Brett's arrest, in January, on child-molestation charges. (Brett has pleaded not guilty.) "Everyone wants to get out of there," he goes on. "You don't want to stay in Woodland. What do you want to stay in Woodland for? The place sucks. The newspaper there, I don't really get along with. I come from your town. You should embrace me. I play for the Boston Red Sox. You haven't had a lot of major-leaguers come out of your city."

No, but Charles Schwab is from Woodland. Of course, Pedroia had a better year.

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10 comments so far...
  1. Too bad something went bad. I am stationed right down the road from Woodland and from Sac down to San Fran, they praise Dustin on a regular basis, at least on the air waves and the bigger papers.

    Posted by Calzonie April 10, 09 12:57 PM
  1. wow stay classy Pedroia

    Posted by jon April 10, 09 01:09 PM
  1. Outside of the LA grid, San Diego, San Francisco and the big state/national parks I challenge anyone to make the argument that California isn't a complete hellhole. Places like Baker, Tracy, Shafter, Soledad, Mt. Shasta area, Sacramento, San Bernardino, Riverside, Gilroy, ETC are all

    Posted by John April 10, 09 01:18 PM
  1. Hey John-where do you live? I'm from CA and have lived here for 30 years. You are trying to make a point about how bad CA is and use Baker, Tracy, Shafter, Soledad and Mt. Shasta as your proof/point? Wow. Baker is in the middle of no where in the desert on the way to Vegas with a population of 1073 as of 2007. Are you kidding me? Most people have never even been to or heard of Tracy and Shafter. Are you only mentioning these places because they are the cities you tend to go when you come to CA? If so I guess that says something about you. Sounds like you are just trying to prove a point and trying to convince people who know nothing about CA how bad it is. Maybe you should just try to use some relevant facts and places to state your case. Funny, you don't ever mention Orange County, but then I guess that wouldnt help your case much would it.

    Posted by Bano April 10, 09 02:53 PM
  1. To everyone who is reading John's post and doesn't know where these places are I just thought you should know what kinds of cities he is pulling as his evidence that CA is such a hellhole. Tracy, is located in Northern CA and has $80k people. It gets better. Shafter, which I have never heard of or been to, has a whopping 14k people while the "well known" city of Soledad has 11k. You would really have to go out of your way to get to any of these places. Nice John. Great pool to sample from to state your case. Again, really interested to know where you live.

    Posted by Bano April 10, 09 03:22 PM
  1. What's wrong with Riverside? My parents lived there and it semed nice. Very hilly, pretty...kinda scrub brushish. But pretty.

    Posted by Dale Sams April 10, 09 03:44 PM
  1. genius post john. we californias appreciate you giving our state a bad rep. it helps keep the transplants out and the rent down. so thanks. your examples of california cities is akin to saying; massachusetts is a hell hole because of towns like alford, goshen, mashpee neck, pittsfield, savoy, and woods hole.

    so once again thanks. next time please mention how we have earthquakes every day, it's always raining, and how unattractive all the women are.

    Posted by Roderick April 10, 09 04:24 PM
  1. I lived in Monterey for 2 years, and it did seem like it was always raining. Salenas is another hole that was left out!

    Posted by robyoung April 10, 09 09:12 PM
  1. California is the worst state in the country, how can you blame Pedroia for telling the truth?

    Posted by CAsucks April 11, 09 01:24 PM
  1. Why does anybody care? The list of people in their twenties with hard feelings about their home town is reeeaaally long, and everybody knows the kid has a chip on his shoulder. This is a surprise?

    It's not like he isn't qualified to register an opinion.

    And it's not like everyone only now found out CA is a hole.

    (enjoy your gov't issue IOU's, CA...... get out if you stil can......)

    Posted by Xaphius April 12, 09 07:26 PM
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