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Viva La Diva! The Pedey Show Returns In Philly

September 4th 2009 16:51
Pedro Martinez,Nomar Garciaparra,Boston Red Sox

Did anyone catch the ‘Diva’(as I call him) yesterday against Timmy Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants? The Original Gangsta of Beantown who coined the nickname ‘Pedey’ (yeah step off Pedroia) was back in fine fashion as he outdueled the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner 2-1. “I flashed back to the good old times,” Martinez said. “I don’t have the power I used to have, but I always said it’s not about power, it’s about hitting your spots.” If you think about it, how many guys have succeeded when going from power pitchers who in the prime of their careers were hitting 97-99 MPH on the radar gun, to finesse pitchers maxing out most of the time at 89-90 yet still effective as all hell when healthy? It’s not an easy thing to accomplish in the least, but Pedro has done it now for a good stretch of years. Does he get the same dominating type of results? No, of course not, but he still gets above average results and his impeccable control has added 6-8 years onto what already was a great career for the Diva.

Philadelphia is dangerous right now. The pickup of Martinez was a great one if you ask me, due to the fact it didn’t cost them too much money and if he’s healthy you will be getting positive results from this guy. It added much needed depth to a Phillies rotation that for the most part this year has been anchored by Joe Blanton and J.A. Happ. Cole Hamels has been too busy tanning and getting high-end mani’s and pedi’s down the local salon as he enjoys his World Series MVP honeymoon. All kidding aside on Hamels, I don’t know if the endorsements and outside forces have contributed to his struggles or if they haven’t. There have been many reports of that being the case, or it could be he’s just exhausted and hit a wall from throwing the most innings of his life last season during Philadelphia’s World Series run. That’s neither here nor there. Can the Diva replace Hamels’ effectiveness if in fact Hamels doesn’t get himself on a roll like he did last year as he led this team to the title? Hell no he can’t, but he can provide some much needed depth to the starting rotation. Even a less effective Hamels, teamed up with Blanton, Happ and now Pedro can be dangerous enough in the postseason when you’re blessed with a great offensive team like the Phillies possess.

I’m pulling for Martinez to put a bunch of quality starts together for this team down the stretch. You know, when you think about all the jerk off athletes who are so hard to root for, like Brandon Marshall, Randy Moss, Barry Bonds, Jeff Kent and the Kenny Rogers types of the sports world, Pedro’s rep pales in comparison. Yes, he’s a diva and he had his own set of rules while he was here in Boston. Most stars have their own set of rules. Some are late showing up to the park. Some are late showing up for spring training. Some want their own training regimen. Some want extra women available to them after the postgame clubhouse buffet etc… Pedro was a diva who did in fact have his way of doing things, but he has done tons for charity and never has gotten into any trouble with the law and is thought to be a damn good guy in a lot of circles. He was ‘can’t miss TV’ every time he took the bump in Boston. There has yet to be a pitcher to come through here after him who can say that they have the same ‘can’t miss TV’ cache---not even Beckett or Schilling. Pedro was on his own planet when it comes to that. Grease up the ‘fro and go get em Pedey. I’m in your corner… until we meet in the Series.

Chuck Hanf
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Comment by jason007thomas

September 4th 2009 17:35
Hey how about that knuckle sandwich being handed out last night in Idaho (cha ching) straight to the chin, priceless!!!
If Blount would have just chin checked him and went to the locker room without acting like a wild animal we'd be looking at just a couple games suspension but who's to say how long now

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