Screw the Summer of George. 1999 was the Summer of Pedro. Watching him tie up batters in fits and play Superman to Clemens’ Lex Luthor helped take the sting and sweat out of the air better than a busload of Coors Light. And smack dab at its center was his electrifying performance in the 1999 All Star Game. All of a sudden, the world was in his house, and he responded by striking out the first four batters he faced–including noted Vitamin Poppers Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa–and serving notice that with him at the reins, the Sox would be a force to be reckoned with down the stretch. And if we’d only had a few more horses of his calibre on the team, we might have been able to overtake New York in the ALCS just a few months later.
Anyway, here’s the World’s Skinniest Jedi fooling McGwire and Sosa from the 1999 All Star Game.
Oh, and who was the starting pitcher for the National league that year, you ask? Philadelphia’s own Curt Schilling!