||• Boston Red Sox
||• Second Base
||• Born: 8/17/83
- As a boy, Dustin came within one victory of advancing to Williamsport for the Little League World Series.
- In 2003, Dustin and Ryan Garko of Stanford were co-Players of the Year in the Pac 10. His 34 doubles that year were by far the most in Division I.
- In 2003, Dustin was voted the top defensive player in college baseball.
- Dusitn hit his first major league homer off of Kansas City’s Luke Hudson in 2006.
- Dustin wore number 64 in his first season with the Red Sox.
- One of Dustin’s closest friends and mentors on the Red Sox as a rookie was Mike Lowell..
- Dustin’s diving stop in the seventh inning preserved Clay Buchholz’s 2007 no-hitter for the Red Sox.
- Dustin’s .317 average in 2007 set a record for rookie second basemen. The old mark was .315 by Jim Voix of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1913.
- In 2007, Dustin and Jacoby Ellsbury became the first rookies ever to hit 1–2 in a World Series lineup.
- Dustin’s 12 postseason runs in 2007 tied the rookie record set by Derek Jeter in 1996.
- In 2008, Dustin became the first player to lead the AL in hits, doubles and runs since Cal Ripken in 1983.
- Dustin’s six errors in 733 chances in 2008 was the best fielding year for a Boston second baseman since Bobby Doerr committed six errors in 802 chances in 1948.
- In 2008, Dustin stole 20 bases in 21 tries to make him the major league leader with a 95.2 percentage.
- In 2008, Dustin led the AL with 61 multi-hit games.
- Dustin’s average in 2008 was the highest for a Boston second baseman since Billy Goodman hit .354 in 1950.
- Dustin was just the fourth AL second baseman to win Rookie of the Year. The others were Rod Carew, Lou Whitaker and Chuck Knoblauch.
- Dustin, Ryan Howard and Cal Ripken are the only players to win Rookie of the Year and MVP in successive seasons.
- Dustin is one of five second basemen to have 200 hits, 50 doubles, 100 runs and 15 homers in a season. The others are Charlie Gehringer, Craig Biggio, Jose Vidro and Alfonso Soriano.
- When the Red Sox needed an emergency catcher during the 2008, Dustin was the first player to volunteer. He had learned the position from his older brother, Brett.
- Dustin credits coach Luis Alicea with making him a Gold Glover as a major leaguer.
- One of Dustin’s biggest fans when he joined the Red Sox was Johnny Pesky. He gave him words of encouragement every day.
- Dustin plays a daily game of cribbage with manager Terry Francona.
- After joining the Red Sox in 2008, Jason Bay started calling Dustin the Energizer Bunny.
Ryan Garko, 2008 Heritage
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