12.15.2004

Goodbye Pedro, We (Hardly) Knew Ye

Pedro Martinez is gone and the collective sentiment in Red Sox Nation is a resounding "meh" -- and why not? After years of crying wolf over not getting respect and not expecting to receive that respect in the form of millions and millions of dollars he could never spend, Pedro Martinez has left for money-greener pastures.

Good riddance (and good luck, seriously, heartfeltly).

Watching Pedro either on TV or at Fenway Park was almost always an electrifying experience. Pretty much every columnist (both print and electronic) put on their retrospective writer's hat and waxed about Pedro's dominant years like they were describing their first love -- and really, that's OK, because I would too if I could write better, and if my first love wasn't a psycho.

My eyes were glued to the TV set when he pitched relief in Cleveland and when he struck out 17 Yankees and countless other times. I was on my feet in Fenway Park just as much when he threw that ball down the stretch. All good times, but all good times come to an end. You say your goodbyes and part ways.

So why are the newspaper columnists trying to make such a big stink about this? Yesterday is was Dan Shaugnessy and today it's Bob Ryan. Next week the Globe might try to resurrect Will McDonough to sell even more papers.

The man won a World Series and pitched his way into the Hall of Fame with the numbers he put up in a Sox uniform. All along he's been about getting compensated the best way possible (not a secret); so why is it suprising that he would go to the highest bidder? It's a dumb move by the Mets to give him so much money while in the twilight of his career, but it's a wicked smaht move on Pedro's part.

So you say that money is ruining professional sports? As the pre-suck Ben Affleck said in The Boiler Room, "Anybody who tells you money is the root of all evil doesn't fucking have any." Everything is a business -- from the federal government down to you eating lunch every day. It's going to take more than a MLB starting pitcher to buck the system enough to bring us to communism. Pedro Martinez is enlightened and talented enough to realize this and though it is sad to see him go, I look forward to the future of the Red Sox, and not Pedro Martinez and his traveling band of Red Sox idiots.

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