While Pedro Martinez will be remembered by most for his achievements with the Boston Red Sox, my strongest memory comes from one of about a dozen games I went to at Shea Stadium in 2005.
While we were settling in to watch the start of the game, Pedro quickly retired the first two Arizona Diamondbacks batters. Then, with Luis Gonzalez at the plate, all of the sprinklers on the infield suddenly turned on!
Many pitchers would have let something like that throw them off of their routine. Not Pedro. On the Diamondvision board, you could see Pedro smiling and laughing about the ridiculous situation. While the other players left the field during the delay, Pedro stayed out there. Once order was restored, he struck out Gonzalez and went on to pitch eight innings of one-run ball as the Mets won 6-1.
After the game, Pedro told reporters, “Water is a blessing, I believe. So I got wet.”
I hope the Mets invite Pedro Martinez out to Citi Field sometime this summer to honor him and give fans one more chance to applaud.
The Trenton Thunder will place individual game tickets on sale this morning at 9:30 a.m. Three games have already sold out: Saturday, May 10th; Monday, June 16th; and Sunday, June 22nd. (Standing room only tickets will be released at a later date.)
“Our mini plan fans, season ticket holders and groups have given us tremendous support this offseason,” Thunder General Manager Will Smith said in a press release. “To have games unavailable for sale before fans can purchase individual seats really shows how excited our loyal plan holders and groups are about this season.”
Earlier this week, the Trenton Thunder announced several new promotional dates.
The highlight is a scheduled appearance by Tony Clark, the most successful member of the inaugural 1994 Trenton Thunder, on Friday, May 9th. Clark will take part in pregame ceremonies to honor 20 years of Trenton Thunder history and sign autographs for fans during the game. The first 2,000 fans ages 14 and over will receive Tony Clark mini-bobblehead dolls. sponsored by Capital Health.
Other notable Trenton Thunder giveaways: Mini Eastern League Championship Trophies (April 3rd), Mark Texieira bobblehead dolls (May 30th), team card sets (June 20th), Hideki Matsui bobblehead dolls (July 11th), David Robertson bobblehead dolls (July 25th), and mascot bobblehead dolls (August 8th). The full promotional schedule is available at TrentonThunder.com.