xxi-xxv Posted September 29, 2006 Share Posted September 29, 2006 Pedro was nowhere near 100%. This is a huge loss and most of the experts will write the Mets off because of this, thats all fine and good. As far as I am concerned Pedro has done more for this franchise than any player since Mike Piazza, he brought back credibility to the Mets and was probably why they were able to also get Beltran. He made Shea a place to be again, especially on the days and nights he was pitching. With that being said, its very simple as to where this can be traced back to and thats last off season and the big toe issue. Pedro was unable to do his normal off season workouts. These cardio workouts are something that he has talked about and said are the reason his legs stay strong late in the year, despite his small stature. In fact I remember a Mike and the Mad Dog interview in the spring where Dog asked him something like "what do you do pedro run on the treadmill for 30 minutes?" and Pedro was like "no more like 2 2 and a half hours". Dog seemed shocked and he and Mike talked afterwards about his legs and how important they are. IMO this broke him down as the year went on. Early in the season he did not need it as much as he was fresh, evidenced in his early season success. Hindsight is 20/20, but maybe Pedro should have had more than 9 spring innings and an early season stint on the DL to get his legs up to speed with the new shoe for the toe. Tough break, but I do not blame Pedro and hope the idiots in the media that questioned his toughness realize that the guy was trying to pitch hurt. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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