Pedro Martinez Took His Rightful Place in the Baseball Hall Of Fame Yesterday
Pedro Martinez, one of the greatest pitchers of all time, is finally a hall of famer. In his first year of eligibility, Pedro was selected as a member of the 2015 hall of fame class with 91% of the vote. As a lifelong Red Sox fan, watching Pedro pitch in his prime was nothing short of amazing. He’s the only pitcher I can remember getting EXCITED about. During that era, when guys like Bonds, Sosa and McGwire were hitting 60-70 home runs a year, it was Pedro who routinely stole the show. There’s the 17 strikeout, one hit performance in Yankee Stadium. There’s the 1999 All Star game, where he struck out Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire in succession to start the game at Fenway. There’s game 5 of the ALDS in Cleveland, where he pitched 6 no hit innings in relief to get the Red Sox to the ALCS. He was so great, and he did with an extra sense of flair that made everything he did, whether it was on the mound, in the dugout cheering on his teammates or taking on the media. He’ll get his #45 retired by the Red Sox tomorrow night, and I’ll be there to witness. One last chance to see the great Pedro Martinez at Fenway.