Friday, August 13, 2004


Buoyed by Pedro Martinez's six-hit, 10-strikeout shutout of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays yesterday, Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy actually wrote an upbeat column today.

But in classic Shaughnessy fashion, he felt the need to toss this jab in there:
"Right now is when we need him to be strong," said the manager (Terry Francona about Martinez).

Now. And in September. And October. In the eighth inning. In New York.

For those of you who did not witness the agony of the seventh game of last year's American League Championship Series, Martinez faltered in the eighth after seven strong innings, allowing the Yankees to tie the game. Of course, ex-manager Grady Little was bombarded with most of the blame after failing to remove Martinez when it was blatantly obvious he was out of gas.

Shaughnessy has never tried to hide his dislike of Martinez. The veteran columnist who sometimes calls him "Diva Pedro" loves to occasionally throw cheap shots in his direction. And he did it again here.


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