Pedro to Start Game Two for Phils

Pedro Martinez is 8-4 career pitching at Old Yankee Stadium, with a 2.95 ERA.  Martinez will get the ball in game two of the World Series for the Phillies.  Pedro has pitched some memorable postseason games at the big ballpark in the Bronx.  In game three of the 2003 ALCS, after Pedro plunked Karim Garcia (who did, in fact, wear a Yankee uniform at one point in time) and Roger Clemens came close to beaning Manny Ramirez, a brawl ensued, which resulted in Martinez throwing then Yankee Bench Coach Don Zimmer to the ground.  In game seven of that series, Martinez was famously left in to start the 8th inning with Boston up by three runs.  Despite a visit to the mound by his manager, Grady Little, Martinez surrendered the lead and the Yankees wound up defeating the Red Sox to advance to the World Series (Aaron Boone, anyone?).

Of course, the highlight of Martinez’s career pitching against the Yankees came in 2004.  After a disastrous outing in the Bronx, Martinez said:

“They beat me. They’re that good right now. They’re that hot. I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy.”

The fans and the NY Media loved this and have chanted “Who’s your daddy” at Pedro every time he’s pitched against the Yankees since.  Expect nothing different when Pedro takes the hill on Thursday.


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