From his signature jerry curl to his infamous circle change up, Pedro Martinez revolutionized baseball for my generation. I was too young to see pitchers like Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax, and only got to witness Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens at the tail end of their career.
Pedro was different.
He had the full repertoire, from his 95+ MPH fastball, knee-buckeling curveball, or devastating change-up, which would later be compared to Randy Johnson's slider and Mariano Rivera's cutter.
But what made Pedro so magnificent was the competition that he was going up against. In the height of the PED era, which was also the prime of Pedro's career (1999 and 2000), he put up incredible numbers.
In 430.1 innings, Pedro had a 1.90 ERA, while striking out 597 batters, walking 69 and allowing just 288 hits.
Although he was only here for 7 seasons, Pedro's impact and lasting legacy still resonates with most Bostonians to this day.
Simply put, there was no one quite like Pedro.
And tonight, as they retire #45, remember that there was nothing quite like sitting down on a friday night with a couple slices of pizza and watching Pedro carve up the Yankees.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS