BOSTON -- Dustin Pedroia on Friday night joined Carl Yastrzemski as the only players in Red Sox history to hit at least 100 home runs while stealing at least 100 bases in a Sox uniform.
Which begs the question: How is it possible, in 114 seasons of playing baseball, that the Red Sox have had only two players who can make that claim?
Only four of the 30 major league teams have had only one player accomplish that feat, and all are expansion teams: the Angels (Darin Erstad), the Blue Jays (Lloyd Moseby), the Diamondbacks (Chris Young) and the Marlins (Hanley Ramirez). And Mike Trout should make it two for the Angels by the end of this season, 2015 at the latest.
The Cincinnati Reds have 11 players in the 100-100 club: Reggie Sanders, Chris Sabo, Pete Rose, Frank Robinson, Vada Pinson, Brandon Phillips, Joe Morgan, Barry Larkin, Dan Driessen, Eric Davis, and Davey Concepcion.
Pedroia's Red Sox teammate, Grady Sizemore, did it in his first four seasons in Cleveland and came here with 139 home runs and 134 stolen bases.
One family -- daddy Bobby Bonds and son Barry -- have done it for the San Francisco Giants.
In fairness to the Sox, a couple of other original franchises have just two: the White Sox (Minnie Minoso and Ray Durham) and the Indians (Sizemore and Joe Carter). Still, it seems remarkable that the Sox haven't had other players possessing even a relatively modest combination of power and speed.
Tommy Harper, who was honored in the Legends Suite here Thursday night, qualifies, with 146 home runs and 408 stolen bases, but he played only three seasons for the Red Sox, and while he stole 107 bases for Boston, he hit just 36 home runs.
The Sox had two other players who came close: Jackie Jensen hit 170 home runs and stole 95 bases, while Ellis Burks had 94 home runs and 95 steals (he finished his career with 177 HRs and 109 steals). After that, the closest was Dominic DiMaggio, who had 87 home runs and 100 stolen bases.
Pedroia had been sitting on 99 home runs since last Sept. 17. His thumb injury last season limited him to eight home runs in 2013, and he had a scare last month in which he thought he'd fractured his left wrist. He had a cortisone shot to reduce the inflammation, and while he has been hitting with authority, the home runs have been absent until Friday night. In the first inning Friday, he stole the 121st base of his career.
"That's weird, man, that's crazy," Pedroia said when discussing the 100-100 feat. "I'm not much of a power hitter.
"I guess I'm getting old. But hey, having your name said anywhere with his is an accomplishment."