Thank You Pedro Martinez
This past week Pedro Martinez signed a four year deal with the Mets for over 50 million dollars. Martinez took some parting shots at management, Terry Francona and Curt Schilling in the days after he left. The last week on WEEI it seems like they seem content to question why Pedro said these certain things before he left. Some people say they will not root for Martinez when he pitches for the Mets because of some of the things he said before he left. I am going to root for Martinez over the next four years, because even though he took some parting shots, he was arguably the best pitcher the Sox ever had. So thank you Pedro Martinez for all of the following achievements that you had with the Boston Red Sox.
Thank you Pedro for going 117-37 in a Red Sox uniform.
Thank you Pedro for striking out 17 Yankee batters on Sept. 10 1999 and allowing only one hit. That game is shown on ESPN Classic every Sept. 10 and I always look forward to seeing you dominate.
Thank you Pedro for outdueling Clemens on May 28, 2000. What an excellent game.
Thank you for drilling Gary Sheffield this year. If somebody steps out of the batters box on you, drill them.
Thank you Pedro for having the best season ever by a pitcher in the history of MLB in 1999. The ERA+ of 285 for that season is better than anybody has ever had since 1880.
Thank you Pedro for your guts and heart to come out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS game against Cleveland. That game was amazing. Your fastball was not there, but you pitched with brilliance and did not allow a hit for the six relief innings. You made that one of the best games I have ever seen, and for that I thank you.
Thank you Pedro for your last game in a Red Sox uniform against the Cardinals. You dominated them, retiring 14 of the last 15 batters you faced. You truly were a joy to watch.
Thank you Pedro for beaming Kareem Garcia last year in game 3 of the ALCS. Part of a pitcher's duty on the mound is to intimidate, and you definitely accomplished that. Thank you for your awesome quote on ESPN, "Who is Kareem Garcia?" Absolutely Priceless!!
Thank you Pedro for giving the Sox fans something to look forward to every 5th day. Even non-baseball fans felt compelled to watch you pitch. You were an artist on the mound, and I feel honored to have been able to watch you the past 7 years.
Thank you for the 1999 All Star Game. Striking out 5 of the first 6 batters was amazing. To do that in Fenway was awesome. Even though you had to go on the DL after the All Star Game, it was worth it for that performance.
Thank you for the feeling, the atmosphere, the level of excitement on every day that you pitched at Fenway. Seeing Curt Schilling pitch at Fenway is awesome, but you truly created an atmosphere that was beyond what any other pitcher has ever brought to Fenway.
Thank you Pedro for making me feel proud to wear a #45 Red Sox shirt. No player should ever wear #45 ever again in honor of you.
Thank you Pedro for your fun and always entertaining personality.
There are many other things that Pedro has done over the past 7 years that I am thankful for, but unfortunately if I were to list all of them this post would be ten pages long. Pedro was the best pitcher in baseball from 1999-2003 hands down. He was simply amazing!! I am sad to see him go, but I chose to remember him for the pitcher he was, instead of the things he said while he was leaving. I encourage you to do the same thing!
Thank you Pedro Martinez!!!!