Hall-of-Famer to have No. 45 re­tired at Fen­way

Pe­dro Martinez played for the Red Sox

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BOS­TON

Pe­dro Martinez’s Hall of Fame ca­reer took off in the late 1990s in a ball­park usu­ally know for of­fen­sive num­bers.

From Ted Wil­liams to Carl Yas­trzem­ski to Jim Rice, the Bos­ton Red Sox have re­tired num­bers — plac­ing them along the fa­cade of the right-field roof deck in hitter-friendly Fen­way Park.

The seven re­tired Red Sox num­bers are all of ev­ery­day play­ers.

That all changes Tues­day night when the club will place the first num­ber of a pitcher along with the other Red Sox greats — re­tir­ing Martinez’s num­ber 45.

Martinez’s num­ber will be re­tired in a pregame cer­e­mony be­fore Bos­ton faces the Chicago White Sox.

Martinez was in­ducted into Base­ball’s Hall of Fame on Sun­day along with Randy John­son, John Smoltz, and Craig Big­gio.

Now, he’ll be hon­oured in place where his flam­boy­ant style and dom­i­nat­ing pitch­ing earned him a place in Cop­per­stown.

“As ex­cited as I am about the Hall of Fame, I’m equally ex­cited about hav­ing my num­ber re­tired,” Martinez said when he learned of the de­ci­sion. “I think it’s a great hon­our. I don’t have enough words to thank the Red Sox.”

Martinez won five ERA ti­tles in an of­fen­sive-rich era, dom­i­nat­ing hit­ters putting up crazy num­bers.

One of his big­gest mo­ments was in the 1999 All Star Game — in Fen­way, no less — when he started and struck out five of the six NL hit­ters he faced. Each of them were putting up gaudy of­fen­sive num­bers.

“The fact that he was so elite in an of­fen­sive era, he was as dom­i­nate as any­one at any stage of the game’s history,” Red Sox man­ager John Far­rell said over the week­end.

But it wasn’t just his pitch­ing that his team­mates re­mem­ber. Slug­ger David Or­tiz, a team­mate with Martinez on the 2004 team that ended an 86-year World Se­ries drought, felt like he learned so much just be­ing with the right-han­der.

“Pe­dro is the most un­be­liev­able hu­man be­ing that I’ve ever been around,” Or­tiz said af­ter a ca­reer-best, seven-RBI night Sun­day. “Ev­ery­thing he told me made me a bet­ter player, a bet­ter per­son.”

Now, the Red Sox and their fans will get to hon­our him where the 43-year-old righthander shot onto the scene.


Na­tional Base­ball Hall of Fame in­ductee Pe­dro Martinez speaks dur­ing an in­duc­tion cer­e­mony at the Clark Sports Cen­ter Sun­day in Cooperstown, N.Y.

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