Not only did Pedro Martinez pitch the best game ever by a Red Sox hurler against the Yankees … Not only did he pitch what are arguably the best two seasons ever in Major League history … Not only did he bring a baseball championship to Boston after 86 torturous years with stellar starts in the ALCS and World Series … (Never mind the five innings of no-hit relief in the 1999 ALDS, the crushing of Clemens and the Yanks in that year’s ALCS, the one-hitter against Tampa, the five Ks in the ’99 All-Star game, the electricity he created every night he pitched, etc. etc. etc.) …
Not only that, but Pedro Martinez brought David Ortiz to Boston:
After the 2002 season ended, I knew there was a chance I was not going back to Minnesota. I never thought it would happen the way it did. I was released. Not long after that, I was out to dinner at a restaurant in the Dominican named Vesuvio when I ran into Pedro Martinez and his cousin. We started to talk. Pedro made a call to Jack McCormick, the Red Sox’s traveling secretary, and I think Jack called Theo Epstein. It didn’t take too long for Epstein to call my agent, Fernando Cuza, and before I knew it we had a deal.
What if Pedro hadn’t made that phone call, bro? What if I had signed somewhere else? What if I didn’t get the chance to play in Boston, where people are as crazy about baseball as they are in the Dominican?
The best pitcher and one of the most clutch hitters of our generation. All for Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. Yeah. I’ll take that.
(Hat tip: Joy of Sox).