Dustin Pedroia Explains How He Got The Nickname “Muddy Chicken” In This Weeks Sports Illustrated, And Josh Beckett Had Nothing To Do With It.

It turns out Josh Beckett didn’t give Dustin Pedroia the nickname Muddy Chicken. In this weeks Sports Illustrated, Dustin Pedroia explains where the nickname came from.

It was Sunday July 17th. Dustin Pedroia had just driven in the game winning run with a single in the 16th inning in St. Petersburg. In the clubhouse after the game, Darnell McDonald referred to Dustin Pedroia as Laser Show (the nickname he's had since his rookie year).

Pedroia said, “I don’t want to be called that anymore."

The, according to Sports Illustrated: