Best Trade Ever


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).

16 comments… add one
  • Man, that David Ortiz is a great guy. It’s too bad those idiots at Minnesota basically hamstrung his chances for Cooperstown (don’t do the thing you do best, David, yeah move the runners over) but he’ll sure as heck will have his number retired by the Red Sox. That’ll be a great day (especially because he won’t be creaming the Yanks anymore).

    Andrew March 28, 2007, 3:10 am
  • I don’t know, Paul. I mean, yeah, Pedro and Papi are good and all, but we gave up Carl Pavano, man. CARL PAVANO!

    mattymatty March 28, 2007, 9:57 am
  • Oh, and Andrew: I think the Red Sox have a rule that says they won’t retire anyone’s number unless they play their whole career with the Red Sox. I could be wrong about that, though, but I’m definitely under that impression.

    mattymatty March 28, 2007, 9:58 am
  • No, that’s incorrect mattymatty.
    Fisk’s # is retired, as is Joe Cronin’s.

    SF March 28, 2007, 10:03 am
  • Oh. I guess that leaves out…well, every significant player they have. That kinda sucks.

    Andrew March 28, 2007, 10:04 am
  • …they should hire pedro to be a scout after his playing days…he may have been the only person in the world who thought ortiz would contribute the way he has…even the twins gave up on the guy…

    dc March 28, 2007, 10:05 am
  • “Not only did Pedro Martinez pitch the best game ever by a Red Sox hurler against the Yankees”
    You said it all right there. What’s it like for your happiness to be defined by your teams success against the Yankees? At the start of the season, Yankees fans worry about how the team looks and where our strengths and weakness are. Red Sox worry about how they match up against the Yankees. My memories as a Yankee fan are of great games against .. well, lots of teams. Yours are of great games againt.. the Yankees. It’s like that time my little brother beat my in basketball.. once.

    j March 28, 2007, 10:30 am
  • Nice try, j.
    Paul mentions numerous accomplishments against different opponents and in other scenarios, not just the Yankees. You are clearly projecting your own wishes and desires onto Paul’s post.

    SF March 28, 2007, 10:46 am
  • Greatest trade ever, possibly. It’s more likely the greatest trade ever because it gives you (sox fans) another chance to feed your hard on for Carl Pavano. Yankee fans understand what Pavano is, the constant reminders really are useless. Do we remind you daily of Matt Clement? Or maybe the Doug Mirabelli trade? How’s that Coco trade working out for you thus far? I respect Paul and his writing ability but I seriously can’t wait until we are talking about real issues, not beating the already dead Carl Pavano horse.

    Triskaidekaphobia March 28, 2007, 11:00 am
  • Wow, Trisk. A bit defensive? The Pavano reference was in no way a dig at the Yankees. He was traded to the Expos for Martinez. His career hasn’t panned out so well. Same with Armas. If Pavano was still with the Marlins, I would have said the same thing.
    As for the best-game-versus-Yankees thing, I’m just proud that I know that. I’ve actually done the research on every 80+ game score performance by Red Sox pitchers since 1957, so I like to bring it up whenever I can ;-). Again, if that game had been against the Marlins or Royals or Orioles or Blue Jays, it would still have gotten a prominent mention (one hit, 17 Ks, a higher game score than either of Clemens’ 20-K games. That still amazes me). The fact that it’s against a hated rival just makes it sweeter.

    Paul SF March 28, 2007, 11:13 am
  • It wasn’t an attack on you, just realllllly sick of all things Pavano. I respect you and the things you write, trust me. I am really rooting for this guy though, I really hope he can shut up all his critics. Most of the critics are here in NY. The sports talk radio beat him up on a daily basis. I know that some of it he brought upon himself, but let’s give this guy a shot and then judge. I wonder if Mets fans and sports talk radio will hammer Duaner Sanchez like this when he/if he returns.

    Triskaidekaphobia March 28, 2007, 11:24 am
  • I’ve thought about doing a post on the retiring numbers business. I’ve always been under the impression that the Sox only retire numbers of 1. Hall of Famers who 2. finished their careers in Boston, and that Fisk was an exception because he was so well loved.
    I think it’s an outdated policy. Clemens and Martinez likely will not end their careers in Boston. What about non-Hall guys like Johnny Pesky, who also didn’t end his career in Boston (thanks, Lou Bodreau. Ass.)? If Rice never makes the Hall, should his number be retired? Considering the Sox have actively pushed his cause, it seems like they should do so. What about current Sox, like Schilling, who is equally beloved in Boston and brought a Series ring? What if Ortiz only puts together four more years like the last three? How about Manny, who likely won’t finish his career here, but will go into the Hall and end up hitting home runs 300, 400 and 500 here?
    Anyway, it seems the retiring of numbers has more of a gray area than the Sox’ policy allows. I’m curious how this will play out as more players from the current era of hyperfree agency retire.

    Paul SF March 28, 2007, 11:24 am
  • I was sitting in the front row almost directly behind home plate for the Pedro 17 k game at Yankee Stadium. I am a lifetime Yanks fan and will put my Sox-hatin credentials against anyone, but this was the most impressive performance I’ve ever seen on the field. Pedro was toying with them like children. He was not content to simply strike a guy out, but had to also humiliate them by throwing a fasball up and in followed by a knee-buckling bail-out curve. I like to tell a joke about this game, which probably has a shred of truth to it. “The only reason it wasn’t a no-hitter is because Chili Davis guessed fasball and got a change-up.” (The inside joke was that Chili’s bat was so slow at this stage of his career so that even if he guessed fastball he was way late.) This one still cracks me up.

    Michael March 28, 2007, 12:01 pm
  • That game was the best pitched game I’ve ever seen. Period. Better than Roger’s 20k marks, or any no-no I’ve ever seen. That game was the only game I’ve ever seen the opposing team utterly confused and not looking forward to getting in the box.

    Brad March 28, 2007, 12:34 pm
  • For the love of God, could one of the YF mods put up another post so that I don’t have to cry every time I open the page?
    p.s. I do hope Pedro comes back for the Mets, soon….as much as I hate his guts, watching that guy pitch is a joy. When he’s not pitching against the Yanks, anyway.

    yankeemonkey March 28, 2007, 3:04 pm
  • The best trade ever was the Nathan, Liriano, Bonser, for Pierzinski trade.
    Or maybe the Maris trade.

    b/c March 28, 2007, 9:07 pm

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