Reddick gets Pedroia bobblehead

Updated: May 1, 2014, 5:22 PM ET
By Kyle Brasseur | Special to ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- With Dustin Pedroia bobblehead night pushed back to Thursday afternoon following Wednesday's rainout, many Red Sox fans were upset that they may not get one.

However, one lucky fan was able to take advantage of the schedule change and get a bobblehead before Thursday's makeup game.

"We got a couple of them, yes," former Red Sox player Josh Reddick said. "We were gracefully greeted with them with not so many fans here today."

Sitting behind home plate to watch his former team play the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday afternoon, Reddick -- in town as his current team, the Oakland Athletics, who play three games against the Red Sox this weekend -- decided to use his off day to go to a game.

"It's actually pretty funny," he said. "A couple of the guys came to our game in Toronto last year on an off day, so I got to see Pedroia, Jonny [Gomes] and [former Red Sox catcher Jarrod] Saltalamacchia. It feels pretty good to actually just be able to watch one."

Drafted by the Red Sox in 2006, Reddick made his major league debut with Boston in 2009 before being traded to the Athletics during the 2011 offseason as part of the Andrew Bailey deal. In three seasons with Oakland, Reddick has hit .236 with 45 home runs and 150 RBIs.

"It feels different to be on this side of things," Reddick said. "I've been to this city before so I know what there is to do around here, so I figured why not just come catch a game."

As for his bobblehead, Reddick said he'll happily add the collectible to his man cave at home.

After being teammates with Pedroia for three seasons, Reddick said he wasn't surprised the second baseman finally made it to bobblehead status.

"I'm surprised it took this long because he's been somewhat of the face beside David [Ortiz] being here," Reddick said.

Will he tell Pedroia about his new memento?

"I'll probably tell him [Friday]," Reddick said. "He won't give me any attention right now. I don't expect him to in a game. I'll make sure I let him know."

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