Catching up with... Jay Pandolfo
Devils veteran following Red Sox pennant hopes
Pandolfo received both the Devils' Unsung Hero and Players' Player awards for a third straight season in 2007-08.
newjerseydevils.com – As busy as Jay Pandolfo was last season, it's easy to understand why he prefers to take things a little slower during the summer months.
|Pandolfo also frequents Cape Cod during the offseason.
The injury ended Pandolfo's consecutive games streak at 307, but the Winchester, Mass., native still sits fourth among the longest playing streaks in club history.
Pandolfo re-signed with the Devils on July 1 and has already begun preparing for his 12th season in New Jersey.
Newjerseydevils.com reached the two-time Stanley Cup champion at his home in Boston.
Pandolfo: My summers are typically pretty quiet. I spend most of the offseason in Boston with family and friends, but the highlight of the summer was a wedding that my wife, Juliane, and I went to in Tuscany. It was our first visit to Italy since our honeymoon.
We spent a total of six days in Italy, including some time in Rome, where I have a cousin. Having someone who can lead you around a foreign city can make a big difference in how you travel.
I've also been fishing a couple times this season for striped bass, but the fishing hasn't been good so far. Either I'm a bad fisherman or the fish just haven't been biting.
My workouts usually start around the beginning of June. Getting ready for a new season is something I look forward to. I'm really happy with the moves we've made this year, and I think Bobby Holik and Brian Rolston are going to help us a lot. Holding on to Bryce Salvador was huge, too. Bobby's a pain to play against, and we needed a guy like that – he's the kind of guy you'd rather have on your side than playing against you.
Of course, one of the biggest things to happen up in Boston this summer was the Red Sox trading Manny Ramirez to L.A. He was great for the team, but as a Red Sox fan, I think it was time to move on.
I definitely like where the Sox are right now. A lot of people thought Tampa was going to fall off down the stretch, but they're hanging right in there. Too early to say whether it'll be the Rays, Red Sox or Yankees, but one of those teams is going to miss the playoffs. Looks right now like it's going to go down to the wire.
|Pandolfo battling his hometown Boston Bruins in '07-08.|
I've been a Red Sox fan my whole life, so I really get into baseball season. It's special every time you go to Fenway Park... you don't even have to like baseball just to go and experience it.
We have some Yankees fans on the Devils, which hasn't been too bad because of how things have been the last few years. For once, we've had the upper hand on the Yankees. It's been nice to be on the other side of the rivalry because, for so long, Red Sox Nation was always on the losing end. We've had the bragging rights for the last few years, so hopefully that'll continue this October.