Adam Rubin of the Daily News has a poignant article about Pedro Martinez who is planning to pitch again next season.
“I’m going to take myself some time to rest and finally finish taking care of all the problems that are still around my family after my dad passed away,” Martinez said shortly after the Mets’ season-ending 4-2 loss to the Marlins. “I’m going to get my mind straight and figure it out. If my body continues to feel the way it is, hopefully I’ll come back next year and see you somewhere, either here or somewhere.”
While I admire your desire to keep on keepin’ on, please set your sights elsewhere.
Sure, Pedro suffered through a series of unfortunate events this season including the passing of his father, several DL stints and of course trying to comeback from arm surgery. But, dare we take a chance on another injury prone and older player after what has befallen the Mets for two straight seasons?
Do the Mets simply ignore the lessons of what doomed this franchise in the last two years?
Pedro may have been a big reason that the Mets were back on the map again when they first signed him back in 2005, but lets not ignore the fact that from a statistical basis he has been a first class bust. His 5.62 ERA which happened to be the worst in his storied career, is more than just a warning sign, it’s a sobering slap in the face for any disillusioned Mets fan who has a yearning to see Pedro in a Mets uniform in 2009.
“I don’t know what their plans are,” Martinez said. “I’m just really proud to be part of the Mets’ organization and to have been part of their buildup. Everybody from top to bottom in this organization is a class act and very nice people. You couldn’t ask for a better organization to play for.”
Thanks for the kind words Pedro and I wish you well. Maybe if there was any chance that you might enter the Hall of Fame as a Met, I’d feel differently. But, there is zero chance of that happening. The truth is we paid you very well for four seasons and in return we got 32 wins and an average of eight wins per season. I’m sure you’ll understand…
Don’t take it the wrong way, it’s not you… it’s me.