|Zapote, Costa Rica, 2 NOVEMBER 2004)- 'Who's your daddy now?' The famous line from Boston Red Sox Pitcher Pedro Martinez was constantly chanted at Yankee Stadium during Game Seven of the Red Sox victory over the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS. The truth is, the Red Sox became the Yankees' 'daddy' en route to a stunning comeback win over the Yanks after being down 3-0 in the Series and then routed the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The result: the first Red Sox title in 86 years. |
In both the ALCS and the World Series, Martinez had two strong starts and further helped his chances of being re-signed by the Sox for next season. Martinez's contract expired after the season and he is now a free agent. Had Pedro and the Sox lost to the Yankees, his chances of re-signing with the Sox would have been a lot less certain. He is still Pedro and means a tremendous amount to the Red Sox and their fans. He is a key part of that team and one of the best pitchers that baseball has seen in the past five years.
'There are several teams that not only could really use an ace like Pedro, but are seriously going to court him in the off-season,' said Wagerweb.com CEO Dave Johnson. 'We have already received a lot of wagers on Pedro staying with the Red Sox as well as him going to the rival Yankees. We have also taken some money on Martinez going to the San Francisco Giants and reuniting with his former manager Felipe Alou.'
The Red Sox will make a serious run at re-signing Martinez and will most likely not be able to re-sign ALCS Game Seven starter Derek Lowe. The Sox will most likely not be able to sign both of them, and if they had to choose, General Manager Theo Epstein would most likely go with Pedro. The Yankees are rumored to be interested, and so are the San Francisco Giants, the New York Mets, and the Florida Marlins.
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