My Pedro Martinez Man Crush Continues

February 19, 2008 at 1:53 pm 4 comments

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The man is a great pitcher. According to my calculations he is the best pitcher of all-time. The best part about it is that he pitches with his eyes closed! Seriously. Read it below.

The ball was crackling out of Pedro Martinez’s right hand during his bullpen session Tuesday morning, hitting Dave Racaniello’s mitt with authority every time. But when one, then two, then three balls sailed wide, a few other reporters and I started wondering what happened. Was this a new pitch? Was Pedro hurt?

The answer was revealed just a few minutes ago when Pedro said that he was pitching with his eyes closed. And not just for those three balls (and another that Racaniello had to stretch for). He estimated that he threw 15 pitches with his eyes closed, which is what he did last year during his rehabilitation.

I wrote last March: “Martínez said making throws at 40 feet with his eyes closed has helped him develop a consistent arm angle and release point. At 60 feet, with his eyes open, Martínez hit Correnti’s glove every time.”
This morning, Martinez said, “It just makes you focus on your body naturally without having to worry about what you’re doing.”
Amazing.

Need I say more? My man crush continues.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
article quotes from bats.blogs.nytimes.com by Ben Shpigel

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  February 19, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Pedro is one of a kind.

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  • 2. Bashman  |  February 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    First of all man crush sounds gay. Second, can Pedro stay healthy? Greatest of all time? NOT! Don’t get me wrong, but he won’t even be the ace on his own team. I like Pedro too, but get off his jock a little!

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  • 3. Jeff Pearson  |  February 20, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Bashman,
    so he may not be the ace now that he is hitting the end of his career but let’s think a little. He has dominated his era at the mound and he’s the only one who has done it clean. In a league with so many questions, Pedro is for real. The best true and honest pitcher of the era and arguably of all time.

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  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  February 20, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    ^Couldn’t have said it better myself!

    Reply

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