Wednesday, December 22, 2004

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!!!!


Matt
















13 Comments:

At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate the sentiment, but you're a few days behind the curve here. It seems that just about everybody has weighed in on Pedro's departure one way or another, including myself. Check out my Pedro tribute at the address below:
http://forums.mlbcenter.com/showthread.php?t=17011

Anyhoo, our writings are pretty much the same, with one glaring exception: under no circumstances should Pedro's number be retired. There are exactly five Red Sox numbers retired up on the Fenway facade: 1 (Doerr), 4 (Cronin), 8 (Yastrzemski, yes I can spell it from memory), 9 (Williams), and 27 (Fisk).

Do you honestly believe that Pedro belongs up there with those guys? Those guys embodied the Boston Red Sox for all of their careers, with the exception of Fisk whose departure was the epitome of the moronic management that reigned supreme during the Yawkey era. Pedro came on as a hired gun, and, although he talked a great game about embracing the people of Boston, he never actually did. If he truly wanted to be the last to wear #45, he would've taken the 3/40.5M deal the Red Sox offered and polished off the long road to Cooperstown.

I loved watching Pedro pitch. I don't know that I'll ever see another guy with that kind of talent. But there's absolutely no way he stands with those five others without having finished his career in a Red Sox uniform.

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-John

 
At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

John,

Thanks for the comment. I agree with basically everything you said, except that I really do feel that Pedro's # should be retired. Cronin was never really a good manager with the Sox from the books I've read, and he kept himself in the game, even though he was a horrible defender.

The Red Sox as an organization seem to have so many rules about retiring #'s. I believe you must be a Red Sox for either 8 or 10 years (I'm not sure) before getting your number retired. I also think that part of the criteria is that you retire a Red Sox, and the Sox just made an exception for Fisk.

Personally I think Pedro's # should be retired, as well as Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs, and Jim Rice. All 4 of these guys should be in the Hall of Fame one day, and if you are good enough to get in the Hall of Fame, you deserve to have your number retired in my opinion.


matt

 
At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great article matt. Pedro was and still is the man. My favorite thing he from your list was when he hit Sheffield on purpose, classic. I think i might have to watch a Mets game now and then when he is pitching too.

Andrew

 
At 6:21 PM, Blogger matt said...

Andrew,

That was great when he hit Sheffield. It was so funny. I remember watching the game with you.

I too will look forward to Mets games, but only when he is pitching.


matt

 
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