Red mentioned the possibility a while ago but now it has become a reality: Pedro will pitch in Yankee Stadium. For me, this may be the highlight of the 2009 World Series. Unless, of course, A-Rod makes the series-ending error and collapses into a puddle of tears and lip gloss, or CC’s ass literally explodes during a game. Other than that, I can’t wait for Game Two.
Pedro has always been one of my favorites to ever wear the Red Sox uniform. He brought his own 150-pound version of badassery to this town when we sorely needed it. And he very quickly took to heart the rivalry and developed a hatred for the Yankees akin to my won. Red posted the famous Bowling For Zimmer video and there are other anti-Yankee memories that involve Pedro.
The “head pointing” incident was still being talked about by those in pinstripes just last season:
“I thought he was going to hit me in the head with a bat after we had the fight and he pushed Don Zimmer,” Posada said. “It was ridiculous. I mean, he throws at Karim Garcia because he’s losing the game. I mean, there’s no class.”
The Chinless One talks big to the media, but the Pedro-Yankees matchup becomes more compelling based on Pedro’s response:
“When I pointed to the head, it wasn’t precisely to tell him that I wanted to hit him in the head,” Martinez said. “Nah. He’s a human being, he has a family, and I’m a professional. [The pointing to the head] was because he cursed my mom. I was telling him, ‘I’ll remember that.’ “
Martinez said Posada should have known better than to insult a fellow Latin’s mother.
Jorge probably shouldn’t dig in against Pedro. I leave you with a Pedro quote that says it all:
“Wake up the damn Bambino and have me face him. Maybe I’ll drill him in the ass.”