That was the chant 2 years ago when Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling and Derek Lowe pitched the Red Sox to their first World Series win in 86 years. And Pedro put up impressive numbers, and even more impressive dominance during his seven years in Boston. That was then, this is now. My, how times have changed.
BOSTON (AP) -- Pedro Martinez was touched by the fans and tagged by the Red Sox.
Boston's former ace signed autographs when he arrived at Fenway Park and heard an adoring crowd chant "Pedro! Pedro!" as he warmed up before the bottom of the first.Then he gave up four runs in that inning, four more in the third and spent the rest of the game on the sidelines as baseball's hottest team went on to a 10-2 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
With a disappointing outcome for him, though, Martinez kept his chin up and his winning smile, and responded with class.
"It's not disappointing at all," Martinez said. "The reception I got, I will always remember that as one of the best moments of my life."
Martinez can still at times be a dominant major league pitcher, and has shown that at times this year. He still has that great changeup, and a major league curve, but he can no longer get the ball to the plate at 97 mph, instead throwing mostly cut fastballs to ride them in on lefties and away on righties. If his location is not precise he can be hit. A little less than normal focus, given all the hype, along with throwing to hitters with whom you shared a title might have had something to do with it.
Still, it was fun to see him back in Fenway.