Corridor of Fame pitcher Pedro Martínez is best-known for serving to the Pink Sox win the 2004 World Sequence, ending “The Curse of the Bambino” — the 86-year-long interval relationship again to 1918 during which the Pink Sox didn’t win a championship. Martínez, nevertheless, additionally ended his profession in 2009 with the Phillies, pitching in Sport 2 and Sport 6 of the World Sequence towards the Yankees. The defending champion Phillies misplaced the World Sequence in six video games and Martínez couldn’t discover one other contract. He formally retired on December 4, 2011.
Martínez returned to Philadelphia on Sunday as a part of the Phillies’ alumni weekend. Lengthy-time outfielder Bobby Abreu was inducted into the Wall of Fame and the group celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the 2009 Nationwide League champion group. Martínez, together with Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raúl Ibañez and others had been invited again. Martínez threw out the primary pitch earlier than Sunday’s recreation towards the White Sox. Good occasions had been had by all.
Martínez, nevertheless, let free an fascinating and unknown element in regards to the 2009 group: many members of the group had been sick, affected by swine flu throughout the 2009 World Sequence. Per Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Martínez stated, “It wasn’t instructed, however most of us had been sick. A few of the guys had swine flu and needed to be stored away. I caught a number of the virus. We’d simply by no means say it. After I acquired residence, I noticed that I used to be actually sick.”
Persevering with, Martínez stated, “I had slightly little bit of an bronchial asthma assault in the course of the sport and I used to be having a tough time respiration. I used to be actually sick. In every other state of affairs, I wouldn’t be on the market. However the group wanted me. I held on so long as I may and I did that. I used to be actually proud to have my final recreation with the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.”
Martínez has by no means been one to make excuses, so it could be stunning if he had been attempting to make excuses for the Phillies’ loss or if he had been attempting to detract from the Yankees’ championship an entire decade later. However it’s fascinating however. The swine flu clearly didn’t have an effect on everybody as a result of Utley, Ibañez, Werth, Carlos Ruiz, and Cliff Lee carried out fairly nicely within the ’09 World Sequence. The Yankees, who gained 10 extra video games than the Phillies throughout the common season that yr, had been simply higher.