Red Sox manager John Farrell did weigh in.
“Not surprising,’’ Farrell said. “I think [it’s] an incredible compliment from your opponent across the field, and maybe allows us to take a step back and really appreciate -- I don’t want to say what we take for granted, but what we see day in and day out.’’
Rivera, in a book, “The Closer,” that went on sale Tuesday, was hugely complimentary of Pedroia.
“Nobody plays harder, gives more, wants to win more. He comes at you hard for 27 outs. It's a special thing to see," the former Yankee closer wrote of Pedroia, according to an excerpt published in the New York Daily News.
Rivera added: "If I have to win one game, I'd have a hard time taking anybody over Dustin Pedroia as my second baseman."