Pedro Martinez Top 10 Moments with the Red Sox
With Pedro making his 1st start against the Red Sox since leaving after the 2004 World Series, it is only fitting that we remember the ups and downs of his days in Boston. Here is your Uncle Buck's list of Pedro's Top 10 moments with the Red Sox:
10. 1999 ALCS Game 3: Pedro-Roger Clemens I
Pedro strikes out 12 allowing just 2 hits and 0 runs in the Red Sox only win of the series. Red Sox crush Clemens, win 13-1.
9. 2000 Regular Season vs. Tampa Bay Devil Rays: Pedro Fights off D-Rays
Pedro hits Gerald Williams in the 1st and a fight breaks out. From there, while the D-Rays try and get revenge Pedro throws a no-hitter into the 9th, when he finally gives up a single after breaking his lucky cross necklace.
8. 2004 World Series Game 3: Pedro wins final start with Red Sox
In his only World Series start Pedro strikes out 6 over 7 innings in the 4-3 Red Sox win. Pedro didn't allow a base runner after the 3rd inning. Win gives Sox a 3-0 lead in the series.
7. 2003 ALCS Game 7: Grady leaves Pedro in too long
Pedro blows a 5-2 Game 7 lead in the 8th after Grady Little stays with him. Yankoffs go on to win, as much of the blame is pointed at Little.
6. 2000 Regular Season vs. Yankoffs: Pedro-Clemens II
With UB in attendance (along with Griff, Panda, and Crazy Cousin) Pedro and Roger Clemens pitch one of the greatest games ever played. Scoreless into the 9th when Trot Nixon 2 run home run puts Sox ahead. Pedro loads the bases in his half but gets out of it. Clemens 13 K, Pedro 9 K.
5. 2004 ALCS Game 2: "Who's your Daddy!?"
After blowing a regular season game to the Yankoffs, a frustrated Pedro quips, "What else can I say, but tip my cap and call the Yankees my daddies." Yankoff fans are ready by Game 2 of the ALCS. Though Pedro doesn't pitch bad (1 run in the 1st and a 2 run home run later to Olerud) almost every motion is met with "Who's your daddy!?"
4. 1999 All-Star Game: Pedro named MVP
Petey strikes out 5 of 6 he faces (Barry Larkin, Larry Walker, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell) including the first 4. Named MVP.
3. 1999 Regular Season vs. Yankoffs: 17 Ks at Yankoff Stadium
Pedro sets a Yankoff Stadium record with 17 Ks in a one hitter (solo home run in the 2nd inning) against a Yankoff lineup that was in the middle of winning 4 World Series in 5 years. Many in Boston call it more impressive than either of Clemens' 20 K games.
2. 2003 ALCS Game 3: Down goes Zimmer, Down goes Zimmer
With UB in attendance again, Pedro loses his cool. Allows 4 runs in first 4 innings then throws at Karim Garcia's head. When Clemens throws at Manny the benches clear and Don Zimmer charges Pedro. Petey side steps Zim who falls on his face. From there a brawl in the bullpen closes out an ugly 4-3 loss at Fenway.
1. 1999 ALDS Game 5: Pedro to the Rescue
An injured Pedro comes in from the bullpen in the 4th of the deciding game against the Cleveland Indians with the game tied 8-8. He doesn't give up a hit in 6 innings, the Red Sox win 12-8.