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Misunderstood genius? Decrepit bust? Odd looking skinny man who reeks of mangoes? Since the spring of 2005, our Yankee fan/bitter Red Sox fan/Met hating friends have been telling us how shitty an idea it was to offer Pedro Martinez a four year contract. "He's too old." "He's washed up." "He'll break down after a year." I mean, how fucking ridicul - oh. Wait, shit. Well, fine - the inevitable Pedro rotator cuff/calf (calf?!?) blowout occurred earlier than we thought during last year's playoff run, but Petey's playing ability was not the driving force behind the signing in the first place. While we do not speak for all Mets fans, we like to think that those in the know are like us, and can appreciate that Omar Minaya's signing of Pedro was not about overpaying for an aging ace, but rather resurrecting a franchise.

 

It is no coincidence that the Mets' resurgence is tied almost directly to the day they signed Pedro. Except for heartthrobs All-Stars David Wright and Jose Reyes, the current collection of Mets are the direct result of the chain reaction started by Pedro. Carlos Beltran signed with the Mets because of Pedro. Carlos Delgado signed with the Mets (eventually) because of Pedro and Beltran. Billy Wagner, Paul Lo Duca, Moises Alou and others followed suit.

 

Not only that, but other Latinos decided that, because of Pedro, they now loved the Mets too. Twenty-one year old prospect Carlos Gomez, who by all accounts is the fucking bomb, has said that he signed with the Mets because of Pedro. Since they do not have professional teams of their own to root for, Latin American fans tend to follow whatever team their favorite players are playing for. Omar has been able to exploit the fickleness of his fellow Dominicans by opening baseball academies in the Dominican to reap the bounties that the beautiful country has to offer: middle infielders and lanky pitchers. Al Leiter certainly did not have this kind of pull.

 

Besides this obvious organizational impact, Pedro's numbers compared to pitchers with similar contracts are actually pretty good. For example:

 

Gil Meche

 

The Royals, of all teams, rewarded this stiff with an $11 million per year contract for having a "breakout" season with the Mariners last year: 11-8, 4.48 ERA, 24 HRs allowed. This contract makes Mo Vaughn seem like a bargain.

 

A.J. Burnett

 

Remember when he was considered really good? Yeah, we don't either. Over the last three years he's 29-26 with a high 3s ERA. We guess in Canada those numbers are good enough for $12 million per year over last four years of his contract.

 

Carl Pavano

 

This is kind of a dick inclusion, but the Carl Pavano Era in the Bronx should be enough to keep Pedro's name out of Yankees fans' mouths until Pavano is dead. Not only did he not pitch last year, but Pavano totally blows, save for his '04 season with the Marlins. He's 61-64 for his career with a 4.27 ERA. And anyone who thinks that he has anything left in the tank to justify $10 million, $11 million and $13 million contracts he has coming to him over the next three years is just an asshole.

 

Pedro will be back at some point this year. Or in time for the playoffs. Whatever, it doesn't matter. Pedro has already done enough for this franchise. We hope for a quick return, but in the meantime, may all his mangoes taste like Scarlett Johansson's vagina.

 

 

Courtesy of Out In the Wilderness

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What's there to complain about? I think Pedro Martinez proved himself in 2005 with the Mets when he threw 217 innings with a 2.82 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 208 Ks, and a .204 BAA. That's an incredibly dominant season and when he's healthy, he can dominate like no other pitcher can, and you know he will be at the forefront when the Mets win it all...there are a couple of years left for Martinez to be healthy, Reyes and Wright in their primes, and one or both of Fernando Martinez and Carlos Gomez are up flanking a dominating Carlos Beltran in center who is providing gold glove defense with 40/40 potential. Pedro Martinez can make the clubhouse just a fun place to be, and despite being a prima donna, is a good influence on the young hispanic youth on the team who can stress the message to just have fun. Your future is bright.

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Pedro did help resurrect the Mets, no doubt about it. Even if he never pitches for the Mets again, the deal was worth it. He was brilliant in 2005, and in early 2006, so if he comes back 100%, there's no reason to believe he can't do it again. He had a bad year with injuries. That doesn't mean he's done.

 

We have a lot of young pitchers who can learn a thing or two from Pedro even if he's never the same, and like Lorf said, his charismatic attitude is an asset to any clubhouse.

 

I'll always remember that 2005 season in which the fans at Shea showered him with more love for any player than I have ever seen. It was awesome. Remember the sprinkler game?? Priceless...

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So this is all about how all of these guys signed with the Mets because of Pedro? How about they signed with the team that wrote the biggest check. Period. The Mets gambled and lost when they signed Pedro.

 

It seems to be working for us. Pedro has pretty much resurrected this franchise, from where it was in 2004 to when he signed in 2005

was a 180 degree difference.

 

How exactly did the Mets gamble on Pedro? Unless your jealous the Red Sox didn`t re-sign him, that is a totally different story.

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:lol: So this is all about how all of these guys signed with the Mets because of Pedro? How about they signed with the team that wrote the biggest check. Period. The Mets gambled and lost when they signed Pedro.

supposedly fernando martinez received plenty of offers that were higher then the Mets.

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:lol: So this is all about how all of these guys signed with the Mets because of Pedro? How about they signed with the team that wrote the biggest check. Period. The Mets gambled and lost when they signed Pedro.

 

I don't agree that players signed because of Pedro, but I do believe that signing Pedro did help revive the franchise. He was the personality and the shot in the arm it desperately needed.

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the mets knew what they were getting into when they signed pedro. they were a year away from launching the mets station and they needed a face for the team

 

Pedro isn`t even the face of the franchise anymore, that belongs to Jose Reyes and David Wright.

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Pedro isn`t even the face of the franchise anymore, that belongs to Jose Reyes and David Wright.

 

but they weren't heading into 2005. they werent guarenteed all-stars like they are now and they weren't going to sell the network--pedro was

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but they weren't heading into 2005. they werent guarenteed all-stars like they are now and they weren't going to sell the network--pedro was

 

I don't agree. If you didn't know it was a Mets' network before tuning in, you'd never know it. They do a great job of covering all sports teams in NY and surrounding areas. They do advertise as being the home of the Mets and show old Met games occassionally, but it is not nearly as overdone the way YES shoves the Yankees down your throat.

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