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Pedro Martinez explains why he left Boston and talks about his relationship with Curt Schilling

Feb 19, 2013|

Pedro tells John and Gerry that he doesn’t consider himself a teacher but he does have things he can share to help this team get better. He reveals how his contract negotiations unfolded after the 2004 World Series when he left Boston to join the New York Mets.

Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

Pedro Martinez got the -- won it back on the field always in beautiful thing uniform is up 45. Can he pitch because I mean I don't blow out a -- here and talk and watch them coach. And mentor young pitches but the budget his minutes miss watching -- of this doing his thing there was a certain style and a -- if that can use that word that Pedro says that very few people did. -- -- that you share a lot of emotions with Red Sox fans to it was painful to watch that lack of chemistry and that inability for the team to put it together. And that an ability for them to a guy it's like he's exactly exactly defined and it's like that update throws on his whip from the brought up from the -- out of the broadcast night. Let's let's talk to the man. Sunlight is white but now it's been an even mind that it was gonna -- -- -- momentarily 6177797937. I would. Passed him. You know is he the best pitcher ever like I I think he's the greatest -- pitcher ever yes and you know people some people vote for Clement force this I'd say it would be a landslide if you were to put a -- out there. And no one -- available for Cy Young anyway but it would be. Clemens and Pedro would be a -- Clemens esque and I don't think it would even be close especially because Pedro we think was clean and we know Roger was dirty correct. Yes -- big big votes for that. You know. Like he's pretty good shape or can he pitch. Everybody else that's cliche question. I'm -- mckinny's partly pretty tired of answered. He's got a thug -- in the camera people. That. Mean everything looks like -- most Pedro but might say yeah so -- you do with it yeah. Obviously with the -- that thought report evident now with you. Oh that's good enough at the -- any idea but you're -- still fits. And your form. We surprised they didn't get to number way. Inaudible which would be angry they did. And really -- a few it would yeah well. I'm sure it's going up when the hill and right field. At some point. I hope so I hope so you know sometime later he played he fired it. I hope -- -- -- often in out of Mets special instructor or a Phillies special instructor -- Red Sox forever like Kevin Youkilis is as I I believe I believe so. That if on the reds. Of a phone and I think they're both -- oh yeah you can look up there all winter. I'm always. That the open there and -- -- -- -- a little bit for all the years you came down to a couple of days later it was always your father's birthday was the excuse was that without legitimate -- but the sun. Know Mark Buehrle my father's birthday it is it is what is that -- coming coming out now yet yet it was a single from a ball berth that they'll begin camp yet we thought maybe made that a guy like -- grandmother died every year. If I. -- round and the fact the -- -- -- -- -- -- you can only have picked up the process. That that had you feel this -- that make you wanna get back on the field who contacted who did you contact the front office the -- on deck you out of that whole thing start. If it looks -- it will something that we -- talking about that it -- develop. Him anyway getting closer and he got the job and and and I I told Lenny any time you needed my help powerful than welcome and they illegally you continue to talk and I and I figure he needed some help and the you know. -- have taken the job and him being the -- happening. On the field and off the field. I figured I could they could use -- and you know use my experience to kind of -- phone thing so -- And and how do you define what it is he wants from you in in in those first couple of meetings when you decided yet you guys are gonna get together and you gonna do something for the team. What was his description of what he was seeking for -- specifically Pedro. For that they FA LA until flexible. Until that's going around that time now I have I have plenty of time to rest we were my family wouldn't. It also gives. The red tougher than -- -- a way to put in the it is seen me. At the academy in the Dominican Republic where the production of you good prospect. How diminished a little bit. And -- my influence in the Dominican Republic and then the prospects not only in the Dominican Molder. I'm pretty sure a lot of those kids follow me play probably admire -- and in the -- I can help and if oh probably won't be around me and I and I think the rest of I don't think about it -- that because like I can -- -- model. Do you think you can help fix Daniel Bard. Yes I I think I believe like you never held me not just mean they'll all thought that I think it it's important. But I I think I can improve a little bit and then have you ever had a problem like that in your life just mental block -- you couldn't throw strikes up I mean. I'd I don't remember one remember seeing you go through that the did you ever go to winning like that. It's did. I want the rules a little problem where I guess I've just been. Didn't feel confident and I actually. But hopefully pay if you want to send me somewhere else. And and for me it's you quitting and not just phone. I don't feel like come performing at the level I stood in Montreal in Montreal and then I remember sitting down and it in the Coho -- in and events. After a game. And thome harper. Came off and they don't mean me and said you know what they gave me so. Then you sit by him. You know. You know I always needed to listen to real good. For the game. The game it's over but he'll continue to play. I know we mean by that. I know you're not having the best time right now. You know I'll go all the way. If you need to. -- -- And I thought about it I think that I was probably feel bad O'Neal a bit. And that well. If it -- you go away. And a faithful everybody goes through no fault sometimes. And and you have one book is that what you said to Bard out here the other day. No no we were talking about mechanics and and I felt slumping in the thumb on goal and I'm pretty sure everybody thought seen the way he's going. And and three in the way things are going for him that mechanically I felt a little things and and -- stuff communal from him and we thought of this talking and hopefully it will continue. Major would be your overall teaching philosophy -- you want to make the players and I understand is probably a case by case basis you know who brought might need one thing from you Bard might need another. But generally speaking. What is it that you know that you can tell them in a general term that can help them be better. I hope I can tell him everything I know. I I'm on the run but I'm not old -- not going to be able to floppy and everything I didn't the way it is and and and and holing no. And if I can something positive to to what they're trying to do like I said yesterday that the media -- I'm a culmination of everything I think I took a little bit from very much everybody -- and you -- To build my own experience in and I hope they they do that the same way I I don't have a specific. Philosophy propelled. The guys the only thing I can tell them that this film people yeah. Don't evil because -- got a chance baseball it's it's only -- faithful influences thing. You never finished learning. And baseball have a way out in every single thing which in the you can think -- Will be mentally you know to be officially could be physical he can -- you could you could think about anything and and there's no way out and that stuff the most interesting thing -- you to run the football for find out what made him what he had to find it. But you want -- if you'll try you'll find. The great ones they often thought of is not great teachers 'cause it just they're so good in the comes naturally to Michael Jordan Ted Williams was an example. People forget men weren't always known that this superstar you were reliever you were. He went from LA to Montreal before you end up and hit your stride so you you're not exactly a a guide to home and always came easy is that make you a better teacher. I Ali. I'm not that the two years -- enough I'm getting my feet away than them and kind of relate to those people what I know but I never consider myself what -- Wilson threw like one either on ovals. The idea that the highway. And add in the fact that he's the I know how to blow that thing for from the fumbled on the it's not going to be is not going to be. You just keep working give what you -- working. And I. I told the sort elect him better than you right yeah he was better looking mythical being resilient and and then and and also you know. Physical looking who have been looking but. He is the Steelers then and I think -- so much for letting -- know certainly you know that it was going to be hard there was going to be for ovals. Because I had to really earned it and and I don't believe I've just been about myself -- how to hold -- to -- more open -- and I took a little bit of everybody. Including an Ol flag in my I picked up a little bit from out of from but I mean they allow medical field and zone and on side. Run the -- for mobile guy that I felt I -- medial Ramon Ryan Marshall gave him by my real photo everybody -- Something in me. Actually want to give me some life all the coaches in the minor league my coach in the double. Who played a great role mortem -- -- North. Give -- my mental approach and believe in myself and your -- that he would mean not quickly but so all of label off. Nobody two when I first. What did you learn from Curt Schilling. -- Curt Schilling and learn to prepare yourself. Actually. Like previous to a game when you don't know when you can't really. But what I used to do. We -- memorize everything every sequence that I wanted to against that we needed. You'd just get ready with a -- you write it down there and that and you know are writing songs it's sometimes. More effective than your own mind. I think got -- able to the world together and and and analyze enough where I could remember sequences and and heaters and tendencies. That but not everybody this payment and third wheel from one very disciplined for us going that. Because coming out from the mound to do it right of me tomorrow and noble guy I'd -- into myself -- that. You know. It's you're here you -- the best -- we ever saw the reflection of form. Everyone agrees that -- Greg Oden is not even close the best Red Sox pitcher ever but it was only seven years. An amazing seven is a 117 wins. But do you regret leaving and how was chilling part of that we you did you have trouble coexisting which. Nomo and all that allegedly. Why did I leave because I made a mistake before it negotiation. And that now that I'm experience. To just let anybody that you -- -- dying to stay in the city just Bowman admitted that open. Because. When I when I did say my my best in the fifth thing in Boston. I I think the able or or who penal they know that I wanted to stay involved and they offer me whatever. The smallest amount would be and all of the mistake is vital but my mouth full birdies they'll mold what I normally would not. Until they will probably think that in consideration and I actually. Bit of righty right out there I had read for the Mets. He'll call me the next day instead say we we we need to view although but I had already put me -- Ready committed to. -- for the Mets -- -- atop the Mets or match the Mets. No they were little -- -- the Mets have felt what I have from the rest of those real low with Matt I wouldn't go from Baltimore miss the roof above. Boston a lot of guys like we've just -- Fred Lynn and he says to this day he just stayed in Boston. Could be a hall of Famer that's where he was comfortable that's -- at his best years. Obviously you're all fairway anyway but had -- stayed in Boston if they get you would of one another ring or maybe more maybe two. We're supposed to win whatever we're supposed to win. But. I don't believe -- maybe it would be -- and I believe you make it happen. And when you make it happen things happening probably involve them in you know federal so that me. But I played well -- the friendly upbeat and pleased with the -- But what I I wouldn't I wouldn't I wouldn't trade that one formal fourth. -- one all in all seven. And not taking anything away from Milton to -- burst. Just just felt won this event because when they get one. I think because. Shoot they've got a ring and and make it probably be it be me read them. So you are happy and I was really helped me out of always been -- been involved. You that you weren't you didn't have a problem with Schilling or anyone else in the maholm on the on the issue became really good friends. And I remember one time I I mean I somehow. -- Derek and and and and Bronson. All on the my way tonight today you guys need to want -- to prepared to hold on. What a mall that was going to be pitching. -- you need to be ready I think you need to run because they used to do a lot of work inside and stuff like that but never ran that I got them on in this there. And they were below and then -- it was -- -- because. And but at least you Q you never want. Outcome. Got on the line everybody. Oh well whatever whatever happened in the victory in the that you of this that I could shield the right field in the in Minnesota. All in the perfect place to bring -- -- who actually live on for the first time and a third. Yeah -- wait we got him -- we were involved all -- of running. We made it women now it -- for a while running the simple way you would keep him on the if you Bolick it would Romo -- And I remember human being full forward -- they had been known feel I can handle it -- second round of like you guys because that's helium and Dillon. You guys been around forever he's moral decline dale you got me in the youthful big you can can blame him -- about running you know. It got you guys are bowl renowned for not -- when he was at the end forty years old thirties and forties that someone offered him. HT execution -- it'll help he didn't do. Did you and your chances to do that as a bit. And you like it. Because how awful but it will -- felt something else in you. And I I guys -- -- and I have anything -- development in the AAA team about time in everything in every category and I will never polo. And I. IEA elephant that the good but I never did it. You you said you love Boston and you made a mistake by letting them know how much you love Boston and then you get to New York you you've never struck me Pedro the regret. Kind of guy but was there ever -- moment in New York you -- While maybe I may get get the wrong thing here. No no no no I've looked back. I've I've respectable woman. Actually the one about. And it in the right in Europe in the night me. And Yankee when things. You hopeful. That. You know. I mean this -- I got. Me in and to. All of you. You -- the all star game that you'll -- you took a bunch of things from a number of different pitchers and and and that made me think about that all star performance when you struck. 05 out of six you've had a lot of great moments and great runs where you were just in the zone. With that might that particular whatever it was half hour forty minutes the best you ever commanded the best velocity ever had the most confident you ever felt on the mound. You know. That's seventeen strikeouts in your -- -- group. -- -- -- thing that I think north impressive given that the players that they had him and given me. The -- -- and that way we probably night before from Seattle -- I thought who have of an amazing feat they're also -- game. Golf was show. When you feel responsible. To perform for you people for you -- your hand -- was the the it goes to show you what you're capable of doing. And I think they'll flagging or more of commitment that I had with the fans than a 100% in Boston. In our own CD in Boston and Fenway Park. It's it's what drove me to that adrenaline. Rush that I and that game IE. I could not let down on my mind mentally I -- -- if -- before aware that I needed to put over show. Four for the Boston fans who have I knew little going to be loud and knew that they were going to be affecting. This Booth spoiled kids in Boston. Who -- something special for them and and Nomar and I didn't did not disappoint. Some people might go through jacked up and I think done like all started overthrowing just gotten out of the no no no you won't do that dry -- if no I did not. Again not what hurt me was. That I told you Karen -- need to go on between. -- -- -- You're not big -- rest completely. And then even up this that I could -- on you for going and -- -- long toss him to go back into the bullpen if I knew the -- My bus. They've both put the ball if I'm not really about throwing. And then examined even Williams. Really hot it would mean yeah you know. And they they wanted to keep me out on the -- command even -- still very I would never. -- on the unity in the bullpen. I I used to film available then I know what to do. There again simply this get its feet and then and and watched me do what I would you teach these young pitchers how to throw inside and occasionally. Kidding I always had good and if they want if they want a good lesson they can just look at me. They can just look at me and analyze you for who then and we -- when I'm here. I'm not big yet. I got into a few roll right if I got my my butt kicked a couple of times about the scale but veteran Don -- contested and and -- this initiative but they they have to only in that part of the plate though it. I I believe they have to. It's obvious that area in order for them to get there out there on the play what do you think was your greatest asset. Whether mental or physical but the thing that you had going for you more than anything else hands long fingers. And I believe a reserve rounds. I think it goes through this. Desire to go out there and the Bruins and prove it prove wrong everybody else -- in this. No one out through performance goes is the -- of my fingers knowledge of who have the that will but I had to go in and do what I what I did. As an awful. Respect what would you do. I believe that you -- you know it's funny of them buff and everybody remembers the -- -- the Joker. Around the the belt outright but I had the same time how -- they've remembered that dog face that I had it because if you and they were fifth. -- on the food that was my day out of my game two before all of today's special like below you called it right. Today special media on the mile. -- believe there the way whatever they have whatever little lizards literally there is -- gonna be good big picture. I need to see it to believe it but that he has the tools better tools have been watching this. That and many other than you have seen. And a for profit. I believe rule V household -- fools who can become whatever you want to do. If you if they -- if I pray to god that he if they felt the end and and I and I pray oh awful hard. That he. Continues what photography. Are you going to be a Major League pitching coach manager and general manager. What are you going to be in five years. I don't know but I always learn off what they can. I don't see myself of -- monitored because I want moments -- two games in both playoffs in the field already did it for eighteen years. I -- I felt that I -- myself the pitching coach to slow. Even -- -- can probably spend a lot of time between him and talking baseball. I just don't see myself. I think you go to Berlin Allen 62 yeah you know being the. But a question for me it's often -- the great ones are never satisfied even with their successes the most recent example I can think of is is Nick Saban the football coach just won the national championship after having just won the national championship. He says he's gonna enjoy this for 48 hours and then go back to work to start to win another one where you -- those guys that were you ever satisfied with the performance and said. Got it done. Or we always looking for the next start and the next wind and the next shot of adrenaline that win brought. You know all of them for both of -- for everything I -- wolf over achieving. And I normally would do this I had to be low if not one. You've got a -- -- We will we just who is thought a lot of it. -- Role. Every time you roll you you you for the so -- -- -- -- my game thing and my numbers I never looked at numbers there are moments that I don't know all about myself yet. And I just roll. -- Roland keep putting stuff behind because. -- already paid now you need to look forward to what they're gonna pay you and what you're gonna do against the next thing. If you this isn't the -- Useful to them look at the numbers -- putting all right if they're good you settle. And all of a sudden you feel itself but me and and the numbers. Poll look how well I decided in the -- home guy and then you're dead in the water that's actually helpful mentally. -- July August you'll need to be so strong. Or or and in better shape than your life basically so mentally you have to climb you up the stumbled in September. Sent them there and both these September and post -- but you have to put those games the way these this this. 56 out of one. 2345. Bone now playoff right -- and forget about what happened here. This is -- here and that's that's value of the approach everything. -- great great to catch up with it great to see you back at a Red Sox uniform I -- -- -- a blast on here and it was a pleasure talkative -- yeah well thank you very -- thanks -- the time great pleasure -- Pedro Martinez doesn't Callahan nest he stayed on an extra eleven minutes to look into the telecast will -- -- -- and join us on the offense side -- to three point seven Dennis and Callahan broadcasting live Red Sox spring training. In Fort Myers, Florida.

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