Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Pedro Martinez was worth every cent the Red Sox paid him and he was one of the greatest athletes ever to wear a Boston uniform. He will not be the last.
Make no mistake: Martinez earned what he got.
And we got what we wanted.
The rest of the stuff? Please. Over the next several days and weeks, you are likely to hear things about Pedro Martinez that attempt to make the pitcher look bad...These are the same Red Sox who signed David Wells and his extensive past to a two-year contract, which should tell you everything you need to know. You sign whom you want when you want, as long as the money is right.
Tony Massarotti is completely correct. Of course, I certain Globe columnist has already started pissing on Pedro’s legacy. We, fans, tend to forget that this is a billion dollar industry, but the pros should not.
Jason Stark may have had a memory lapse.
But the way he worked these negotiations, the way he misled the Red Sox on his way to exotic Flushing Meadow, will not go down as his finest hour.
Without knowing the details of the negotiations as Starks admits, he makes a harsh allegation - "misled" - about the Pedro camp. It is a little early to pass judgement.
The only thing we can confidently state is that Pedro was trying to get the best deal possible for himself, as we all would do. Some of us may value consistency and stability of a working environment more than a higher salary and benefits and some may not. It all depends upon the individual.
Pedro Martinez is doing what he feels is best for him and the Red Sox are doing the same. “It is nothing personal, it’s just business.”
One other note, Scott Boras said that Derek Lowe will not accept arbitration assuring that the Red Sox, as it stands now, will not have a net loss in draft picks next June.