David Ortiz (L) with Pedro Martinez (AP)
Before tonight’s game Pedro Martinez clowned around with old friends, but in the back of his mind he wondered what the crowd felt about him. Management, he knew, afterall, they were ones that didn’t bring him back.
Whether they did it from the heart or in trying to be diplomatic, Martinez got the love from the Fenway crowd he was hoping for. The Red Sox recognized him with a two-minute video montage tonight after the first inning and the crowd chanted “Pedro, Pedro, Pedro,” with genuine affection. There wasn’t the sarcasm Roger Clemens received when he was serenaded.
Anyway, they still love him here, and that’s what he wanted to know.