Instead of opting for rest or surgery, Pedroia gained admiration from his team by playing through the injury all year.
In typical Pedroia fashion, he has no regrets -- except for the way the injury happened.
"It's one of those things, I did it to myself, I slid headfirst into first," Pedroia said. "I don't think I'll ever do that again."
Pedroia still managed to play in 160 games this season, a career high. He hit .301 with a .372 on-base percentage while playing stellar defense.
"It was a little difficult," Pedroia said of playing through the injury. "Actually in the end, I'm going to look back and it helped me, because I kind of take huge swings in the past trying to hit home runs, and sometimes I get a longer swing than what I normally have, when I just use my hands and stuff like that. So that kind of helped me being short to the ball, making sure I go the other way, not try and pull everything."
In Game 1 of the World Series, Pedroia had two hits.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.