Re: Pedro

by Shannen W. Coffin

Yes, K-Lo, reports are that Pedro Martinez will leave the Red Sox for the Mets and a 4 year/$50 million contract. Lots of “respect” (Pedro’s favorite term for money) in that deal, even if the Mets will not come close to the playoffs during his tenure. It’s a disappointing signing from a Sox fan’s perspective, but the risk of matching that offer by Red Sox management was just too great. A prima donna with a fragile makeup (both mentally and physically) and a much more hittable fastball than in his prime made “four more years” too rich for Sox GM Theo Epstein’s blood. Yet he will be missed. For most of his Sox career, he posted ERAs that were just plain unbelievable. And few true Sox fans will ever forget his 6-inning, no hit relief appearance against Cleveland in the 1999 ALDS. Of course, we will have fond memories of his final appearance with the Sox, winning game 3 of the World Series, was, while not vintage Pedro, damned good pitching. Good luck, Petey. But not too much luck.

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