During this past off-season Jose Iglesias accepted an invitation to travel to Arizona and visit Red Sox teammate Dustin Pedroia.

“He said he wanted to help me” Iglesias said. “Pedey and I are good friends and I’m really blessed to learn a lot from him.”

Iglesias who turned 23 in January had come up through the Red Sox organization and had gotten his first action in the big leagues. He realized what a role model Pedroia could be.

Their get-together in Arizona could have been seen as the start of a long double-play partnership. Iglesias had a chance to become the Red Sox shortstop for the long haul. Pedroia 30 is Boston’s established second baseman.

“We hit” Iglesias said of their week together. “We talked about baseball on and off the field. He helped me a lot.”

Iglesias was asked to identify the biggest thing he learned in his week with Pedroia.

“It was a lot of little things” he said. “I’m just blessed to be friends with him.”

If there’s nothing better than impressing the person who most impresses you then Iglesias should cherish what Pedroia said about him in an interview before this season with the New England Sports Network:

“This guy wants to be great” Pedroia said. “He doesn’t just want to be in the big leagues.”