Monday, December 13, 2004

Farewell, Pedro

It's all but official. Pedro Martinez is leaving the Sox and will sign a 4-year, $50 million contract with the New York Mets. Pedro provided countless memories to millions of Red Sox fans, including me. I will never forget seeing him pitch at Fenway on a May weekend in 2002*. The weather was absolutely miserable--temperatures were in the lows 40s and a cold drizzle persisted through the game.

Despite the frigidity of the air, it took Pedro no time to warm up. In fact, the weather didn't seem to bother him at all, as he struck out the side on nine pitches in the first inning. It was only the 11th time in American League history that that had happened.

UPDATE: This Jayson Stark piece from espn.com explains the gamble that the Mets are taking and nicely chronicles the weekend negotiations between Pedro, the Sox, and the Mets.

*-My original entry incorrectly reported that it was Memorial Day weekend.