Forget the negatives of a terrible season for now. Let’s talk about Pedro Martinez for a second. Earlier this year, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the Red Sox will be honoring him with a special ceremony on Tuesday before they take on the Chicago White Sox. The ceremony will invlolve Pedro getting his number retired by the Red Sox organization, among other things.
Pedro will be formally inducted over the weekend in Cooperstown, which should give Red Sox fans some reason to smile. Pedro Martinez spent 7 years here in Boston, won a World Series in 2004, and created a lot of memories along the way. Some of my fondest memories of my earliest years of being a Red Sox fan involved my uncle unexpectedly coming over and taking me to see Pedro pitch. That was always fun, especially during the ’99 season, with a seemingly unhittable Pedro en route to striking out 300 hitters; a season that culminated in him pitching 6 perfect innings in the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians. That was also the year the All-Star game was held at Fenway Park. Pedro pitched 2 scoreless innings in that game, striking out 5 of 6 batters he faced. That included Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, and Jeff Bagwell—some of the best in the game at that time.
And then there was 2004 when he helped us break the Curse of the Bambino. For Pedro, that culimnated in a 7 inning scoreless performance against the St. Louis Cardinals—one of his best individual performances in a Red Sox jersey—after he had struggled earlier in the playoffs. That game put the Red Sox within 1 game of winning the Series, and within one game of breaking the curse. He was simply outstanding in that game. It was a vintage Pedro Martinez game, when the Red Sox needed it the most.
Pedro ended his career with 3,154 strikeouts and ultimately was a worthy addition to the Hall of Fame. Whether you are a Red Sox fan or not, you simply have to appreciate the greatness that was Pedro Martinez.
On Tuesday, the voting results for the 2015 Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ballot were released and four players got in. Three of them were pitchers and first ballot Hall of Famers while the other was a third ballot and a utility player. air jordan 11 low
Getting into the Hall of Fame this year included Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio. Martinez was a member of the Boston Red Sox for seven of his 18 big league seasons— longer than he spent with any other team in his career.
In his prime, Pedro Martinez was one of the best pitchers in MLB history. Luckily for Boston Red Sox fans, all but one of his best seasons came as a member of the Red Sox.
From 1997 to 2003, Pedro Martinez was a robot. He was unreal. Winning 118 games while losing just 36 in that time span, Pedro made 201 appearances in that time frame, 199 of which were starts and struck out 1761 batters in 1408.0 innings while tossing 11 shutouts in the regular season. He won three Cy Young Awards in that span, all of which were well-deserved. Not to mention he kicked Don Zimmer’s ass in the 2003 ALCS. air jordan 12 retro
Although 2004 was not his best season (not by a long shot), he was a valuable contributor to the World Series Championship team. Going 16-9 on the year, he posted a 3.90 ERA in 33 starts and struck out 227 batters in 217 innings. In his lone World Series start, the then number-two starter tossed seven shutout innings in game three and struck out six guys while allowing just three hits and two walks in all.
In one of the best trades in Red Sox history, the team dealt away Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. for the Hall of Famer in a deal they would do again 100 out of 100 times. That deal alone makes up for them trading Curt Schilling and Brady Anderson to the Baltimore Orioles and Jeff Bagwell to the Houston Astros. air max 90 infrared
Congratulations to Pedro, he earned it.