The Old Goat Is Back
Not bad for somebody who faced Major Leaguers for the first time since September, I suppose.
Martinez spoke for 22 minutes after the game. I asked him if he is OK being considered a bottom-of-the-rotation starter or if he feels he has enough life in his arm to return to Cy Young form.
Except it might not have been as clear as that. Sometimes you just stumble through a question. Anyway, here is what Pedro had to say, and here is why if Pedro improves like he thinks he will, he should be entertaining to watch the remainder of the season:
“I showed that I have life in my arm. I have life physically. I feel good. I don’t even ice or anything since I had the surgery. I just needed this time to settle back mentally and physically to dedicate myself to the game like I used to. I don’t think you can win a Cy Young by pitching one quarter of the season. For anybody to expect it would be dumb. I’m sorry I said that, but that’s the honest truth.”
Wait, did Pedro just call me dumb? Oh, well, not the first time. Continue on, Pedro.
“What I can bring over here, is my experience, health. A healthy Pedro Martinez has been through everything. You can talk about whatever want to bring up, I’ve been there. For this club, what I’m lacking right now, I might give them at the end, which is experience, a cold-blooded person that doesn’t matter how big the game is. I’m going to stand right there. And if anybody fails, well, they can always count on the old goat to go out there and kind of stand up. I might do that. I might be able to do that if I’m healthy. So that’s probably all the things that I would like to bring to this team.”