Dustin Pedroia hasn't exactly said glowing things about his hometown of Woodland, California. It may or may not be justified, after the backlash following his brother's arrest for child molestation. Dustin had nothing to do with it, but obviously the familial ties make it a difficult situation for everyone.
In an interview with Boston Magazine, Pedroia ripped the entire town, and made some pretty harsh comments about it:
Now, a man has actually been arrested for making threats against the family. A local politician wrote in his blog that it has finally gone way too far, and the town needs to start behaving like a family, instead of a psychotic jilted lover. Matt Rexroad is the Yolo County Supervisor, and he doesn't approve of all of the Pedroia hate. From his blog:
Woodland needs to start acting more like the family we are supposed to be. Right now the crazy uncle is the only one getting the attention."
While it's a bit humorous, it's still sad that the town of Woodland and a player like Pedroia can't get this worked out. It seems like everyone wants to move up in the world and get out of their current situation. It happens in big cities, resort towns, and small towns in northern California.
Let's hope Dustin and Woodland can get things patched up at some point. Or, at the very least, come up with some more great signs.
Dissed Hometown Fights Back Against Pedroia [The Sporting Blog]