Every so often a player comes along and ignites a city with excitement. That player was Pedro Martinez and the city was Boston. When you scored Sox tickets, you always hoped Pedro was pitching because he was the attraction and you were sure to get your money’s worth. And Pedro usually delivered.
From ’98 to ’04, Pedro electrified the Fenway Faithful. K’s would be posted in the centerfield bleachers then later in the Monster seats. Pedro was always in the running for the Cy Young. He always seemed to come through in the clutch like he did in the ’99 playoffs versus Cleveland and in the World Series against the Cardinals. He made you proud to be a Red Sox fan even prior to 2004.
During a dull and uneventful span in Boston sports history, Pedro was the lone spark. He got you excited. He made you tune in on TV or buy your tickets when he pitched. If you loved sports, you loved him. He was everything an athlete should be.
A clutch performer.
Even after Pedro’s departure following the 2004 world championship, Red Sox fans always kept tabs on him and cheered him on.
He made us love sports again in Beantown.