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Pedro reminds fans who his "daddy? is.  (Photo lifted from Getty Images/MLB.com and used with no permissions at all.)

Pedro reminds Yankees fans who his "daddy? is. (Photo lifted from Getty Images/MLB.com and used with no permissions.)

I didn’t have much time to write yesterday but I tried to get my reading in about Pedro.  I’m still smiling.  Sure he lost the game but he pitched well and his walking off that mound, smiling at the game…the fans…the situation…will be forever in my mind when I think about him.

Many if not most Red Sox fans consider themselves fortunate to have been able to see Pedro pitch in his prime.  I know I do.  During his time in Boston, I saw him pitch at Fenway more than any other pitcher.  (Tim Wakefield has since taken over as “pitcher I’ve seen pitch the most in person”.)  Every outing was an event.  The atmosphere around Fenway was electric on any Pedro game day and the fans hung on his pitches like you don’t see them do with pitchers today.  Standard procedure for fans of the home team is to make their bathroom/beer runs during the other team’s at-bat.  Not many fans left their seats back when Pedro was pitching.  I was sad when Pedro left and I was sad when he didn’t have any of the success with the Mets that he had with Boston.  But Pedro’s two post-season appearances with the Phillies have shown that while he isn’t as fast, or as good, or as young as he once was – he’s still Pedro.

But when he’s not on the mound, as he stares at what is likely the end of his career, the last restraints on his personality seem to have snapped. As he exited the field Thursday night, Mr. Martinez took a moment to tell a heckler above the dugout that his behavior and language were inappropriate. “‘Your daughter is right beside you,” he said he told the fan. “‘It’s a little girl. It’s a shame you’re saying all these things.’ I had to stop and tell him because I’m a father myself, and God, how can you be so dumb to do those kind of things in front of your child? What kind of example are you setting?”

Matthew Futterman from the Wall Street Journal shares the above quoted passage.  Can you imagine?  Man’s a superstar, exciting the World Series after putting men on and already with his team behind and he stops to chastise a heckler?  Vintage Pedro.

So I’m sorry Pedro didn’t get the win but I’m thrilled he got his chance in Yankee Stadium again and took as much advantage as he could.   He struck out 8 (Jeter and Slappy both twice, plus Damon, Hairston, Jr, Cabrera and Teixeira) and he only walked 2.  Unfortunately, giving up 6 hits in 6 innings – including 2 home runs – did him in.  All in all, I think it was more than many expected from Pedro.  And the “Who’s Your Daddy?” chants didn’t seem to have any affect on Pedro except to make him smile as he left the field.

Phillies leave the Bronx with a split – which is good enough to take away home field advantage for the time being – and they do it all over again tonight with Pettitte and Hamels on the mound.  7:57 ET on Halloween Night.  Just in time for me to shut off the light and stop giving out candy to trick or treaters!

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October 31, 2009 - Posted by | 2009 | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I’m liking the word Vintage more and more these days. I’m sure I’ll be able to catch some of the game tonight while I’m out. The live music doesn’t begin till around 9pm but it’ll be competing with the UT game that will be on and I’m trying to catch the LSU game as well at 7pm.

    Vintage Pedro is nice. It was a great game and I did like the way he exited off the field…with a smile.

    Comment by Tex | October 31, 2009 | Reply

  2. Standard procedure for fans of the home team is to make their bathroom/beer runs during the other team’s at-bat. Not many fans left their seats back when Pedro was pitching.

    Yes! Pedro games were the only time that people would wait till the Red Sox came to bat to get up from their seats. That’s the example I still use when I tell people why Pedro’s my all-time favorite pitcher. As much as I love watching Beckett and Lester, Petey was a once-in-a-generation pitcher and I’m so glad I was able to see him in person in his prime.

    And he should smile at the “Who’s your Daddy” chants. They must remind him of the glorious time we kicked their sorry butts! Makes me smile too! 🙂

    Comment by Kristen | October 31, 2009 | Reply


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