Pedro's Top 10 moments against the Yankees
Pedro Martinez has had a colorful career against the Yankees. We chose our 10 favorite moments.
Pedro strikes out 17 in one-hitter
September 10, 1999
Martinez gave up a home run to Chili Davis in the second inning -- but that's all the Yankees could muster off Pedro in a 3-1 loss to the Red Sox in the Bronx. Martinez struck out 17 batters and improved to 21-4 with the win en route to his first of consecutive Cy Young awards. It was, perhaps, Martinez's most dominant single game in his Red Sox career.
Pedro hands Yankees only loss of 1999 postseason
October 16, 1999
Down 2-0 in the 1999 ALCS, the Red Sox returned to Fenway, where Martinez was set to duel Roger Clemens. Martinez handily won the match-up, going seven strong innings and striking out 12 in a 13-1 win. Hideki Irabu replaced Clemens (2 IP, 5 ER) in the third inning. The Yankees went on to win the next two games to take the series, 4-1.
Pedro vs. Clemens, againMay 28, 2000
Their ALCS battle the previous year was a lop-sided affair, but this one proved to be quite the contrary. On ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, both aces pitched complete games and struck out a combined 22 batters. Trot Nixon connected for a home run off Clemens to break a 0-0 tie in the last frame. The Yankees loaded the bases off Pedro in the bottom half, but failed to score in a 2-0 loss.
'Wake up the damn Bambino ... "
May 30, 2001
Pedro doesn't really buy the whole "Curse of the Bambino" thing. After reporters prodded him one too many times for his thoughts on the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, Martinez said: "I don't believe in damn curses. Wake up the damn Bambino and have me face him. Maybe I'll drill him in the ---."
Pedro hits, hospitalizes Soriano and JeterJuly 7, 2003
Pedro Martinez began this start in the Bronx with a bang -- actually, two of them. He plunked Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter to lead off the game and both players were later sent to the hospital with bone bruises. "When you throw inside, you're going to hit guys sometimes," Martinez said. "I don't try to hit anybody, it was just an accident."
Pedro vs. Zimmer
October 11, 2003
In Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, Martinez had, perhaps, the single most memorable Yankee showdown of his career. His opponent? None other than 72-year-old Don Zimmer. After allowing single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to fall behind 3-2, Martinez hit Karim Garcia with a pitch. A shouting match between Pedro and the Yankees' bench ensued, and it boiled over in the bottom half of the inning when Roger Clemens threw a high pitch to Manny Ramirez. The benches cleared and then Zimmer charged Pedro, who sidestepped the Yankees' coach and tossed him to the ground.
'Who is Karim Garcia?'October 11, 2003
Following the contentious Game 3, Martinez was asked about his beanball to Karim Garcia, who was also involved in another incident in the bullpen when Jeff Nelson got into a fight with a Fenway groundskeeper. Pedro said, in what would become a memorable quote, "Who are you, Karim Garcia? ... I have no respect for that guy. He needs to be forcing himself to come up to where I am, to my level."
The Grady Little disasterOcotber 16, 2003
Grady Little gets the blame in this one, but it was Pedro Martinez on the hill the night Yankee Stadium shook in 2003. In a deciding Game 7, the Red Sox led 5-2 in the eighth inning when the Yankees began to hit a tiring Martinez. Little went to the mound to check up on his ace, but left him in the game in a move that would later cost him his job. Jorge Posada's two-run double to center, the fourth Yankee hit in a row, tied the score and the Yankees would go on to win the game, and the ALCS, on Aaron Boone's homer in the 11th.
Pedro admits the Yankees might be his 'Daddy'September 24, 2004
In a loss that looked eerily similar to the debacle in the 2003 ALCS, Martinez surrendered the tying and winning runs in the eighth inning on a home run by Hideki Matsui and single by Ruben Sierra. The Yankees went on to win, 6-4, to open up a 5 1/2 game in the AL East. Afterward, Martinez said: "What can I say -- just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy. I can't find a way to beat them at this point. ... They're that good. They're that hot right now -- at least against me. I wish they would disappear and not come back."
Yankee fans heckle Pedro during devastating Game 7 lossOcotber 20, 2004
The New York media ate up the 'Daddy' quote and the fans fed off it, too. In the 2004 ALCS, the Yankees blew a 3-0 series lead to set up a dramatic Game 7 at the Stadium, where the Red Sox stormed out to a 8-1 lead after four innings. Derek Lowe was removed in the seventh inning and in walked Pedro, who would immediately surrender a pair of doubles to Hideki Matsui and Bernie Williams. Kenny Lofton later added an RBI single for the second run of the inning and the fans reveled in a loud "Who's your Daddy?" chant before Martinez retired the final two batters. Mark Bellhorn's homer to lead off the eighth squashed any momentum gained from Pedro's unsuccessful relief appearance and the Yankees went on to lose, 10-3, and complete the greatest collapse in postseason history.