It’s always sad to see baseball’s greatest players be forced to retire because no team wants them, even though they still want to play. That’s why I was excited to see that Pedro Martinez got another chance today with the Philadelphia Phillies, and he did quite well too.
Although Pedro’s nowhere near as un-hittable as he was 10 years ago, he pitched 5 solid innings and struck out 5. The game’s not over yet, but with the Phillies leading the Cubs 12-3, I think this one’s in the bag.
Keeping baseball’s greatest players out of retirement might not win ball games, but it goes a long way in rebuilding the interest in baseball that was lost when greed and steroids got in the way. I’m glad players like Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, and now Pedro Martinez are still being allowed to play, and I hope they can continue playing as long as they have a passion for playing the game.
UPDATE: Pedro got the win, bringing his career record up to an impressive 215-99