If Sandy Koufax has the left arm of God, then Pedro Martinez has the right.
Martinez, who at his prime was arguably the most dominant starting pitcher the game has ever seen, said Saturday that he intends to make his retirement official, two years after his last big league start.
For several years the greatest words we could hear were "Pedro's pitching tonight."
NBC came up with the slogan "Must See TV", but must see TV didn't become a reality for me until Pedro became a Red Sox. There were many times over the years where I had an opportunity to go out with friends or do something with the (ex) wife and I refused with the excuse "Pedro's pitching tonight."
One day I'll sit my grandkids on my lap and tell them about the time he struck out 17 Yankees. Then I'll go on about how he came out of the bullpen in the playoffs, and even though he was injured and didn't have his best stuff, he threw 6 perfect innings in a deciding game on the road. Then I'll tell them how in 2004, even though he was no longer the pitcher he had been in the past, he took the mound in game 3 of the World Series and gave up 3 hits and no runs to all but end the series.
The beauty of watching him pitch is a memory I will cherish forever.
Edited by BigSlick, 04 December 2011 - 02:29 AM.