By the time Pedro Martinez pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies, he was 5 years removed from being a member of the Boston Red Sox. Before the Sox he wore Expos and Dodgers jerseys. Still, seeing him in anything but a Red Sox uni seemed weird. What wasn’t weird was his flashes of brilliance during his 2009 campaign, including a tough luck loss in Game 2 of the World Series against the New York Yankees.
Pedro was so damn nasty during his career, I used to watch scrambled NESN(yes, there was a time NESN was a premium channel!) and listen to Pedro strike out 10, 12, 15 batters in a game with such regularity that I thought every pitcher was capable of it.
John Lackey is starting for Boston, and there might not be a more hated player by fans of the Red Sox. The problem is, he’s not helping himself. If he picked up the ball and pitched his ass off tonight to help turn things around, maybe the haters won’t be hating as much.
I can wish.