A couple days ago, I said that The Elf is pretty much the only member of the Red Sox who could convincingly pull off Joe Pesci’s “How am I funny?” bit from GoodFellas. After reading Dustin’s latest comments on how he plans to follow-up on his Rookie of the Year season in the Hartford Courant, I’m even more certain of it. This guy is Craig Grebeck’s evil twin. Only, y’know, with talent.

“I don’t really care what people think,” Pedroia said. “I don’t have to prove anything to anybody. I just have to prove stuff to my teammates. I don’t give a [darn] what anybody says about me. I’m going to go out there and be who I am and if you don’t like me, watch somebody else.

“Playing in Boston, you have to have that attitude. I’ve had it my whole life. I’m not going to stop here.”

First, you have to love the way the author used “darn” to replace whatever monstrosity Dustin chose to season his sentence with. Second, I don’t know about you, but I honestly believe that deep down inside, proven asskickers like Beckett, Tavarez and even resident loon Mike Timlin are just a little bit scared of Dustin. And fear, my friends, is a a good thing.