Although widely regarded as one of the most dominant and efficient pitchers of all time, Pedro Martinez himself has famously said that the Yankees are his “Daddy.” Well, on May 28, 2000, battling former Red Sox Roger Clemens for the division lead, Pedro Martinez was confidence extant.
Derek Jeter went three for four with a double, and Ricky Ledee got a hit, too, but that was it for the Bombers, who were summarily shutout 2-0.
Yet, in rather classic fashion, Martinez did make it interesting in the ninth when he hit Chuck Knoblauch and gave up a single to Jeter to start the inning.
After striking out Paul O’Neill, Martinez induced a deep fly ball from Bernie Williams. Knoblauch tagged up and reached third base.
With runners at the corners, Jeter swiped second, and Martinez hit Jorge Posada to load the bases. Bottom of the ninth, two down, bases loaded, and Pedro Martinez on the mound.
Tino Martinez steps to the plate. Martinez versus Martinez. Grounder to second, and that’s the ballgame.
It wasn’t the ALCS, but the stakes were high, and Pedro Martinez delivered in the face of Roger Clemens and a Yankee team that would win the World Series that October.