Curt Schilling: Pedro Martinez ‘Didn’t Have Anything’ Against Yankees in Game 6


November 5, 2009

Curt Schilling: Pedro Martinez 'Didn't Have Anything' Against Yankees in Game 6 When Pedro Martinez skipped town following Boston's World Series win in 2004, many blamed his frosty relationship with co-ace Curt Schilling.

Martinez insisted that wasn't the case,  but if it was, we wouldn't blame him — especially in light of Schilling's latest comments about the Phillies pitcher.

Following Martinez's loss in Game 6 of the World Series, Schilling told WEEI he wasn't surprised in the least that the Phillies lost with Martinez on the mound.

"He was going to have issues," Schilling said. "It's such a tough time for a guy who has become more of a contact pitcher to keep things down. Obviously, he didn't have anything last night. And it was a struggle."

After he belittled Martinez's effort in the World Series, Schilling talked about his well-documented personality clash with the hurler.

"As a player, you see that funny, ha-ha stuff and the from-the-heart stuff in a different light [because] you're living with these guys every day," Schilling said. "And there are things that happen behind the scenes that aren't fun and cool. And you watch people that you care about and people that you know respect the game get disrespected."

Schilling also discussed the way certain players on the Red Sox — such as Martinez — were allowed a bit more leniency than others and  took advantage of that leniency, sometimes at the expense of manager Terry Francona.

"You guys remember, when Pedro was here, Pedro played by different rules," he said. "And Pedro, to a degree, earned the right to play by different rules. But players that play by different rules and take advantage of those, that's probably the only reason I ever had issues with Pedro. And it was not a big deal — I know people are going to make it a bigger deal than I'm making it. But the amount of respect and admiration and the loyalty and friendship I have with [Francona] … I saw some things, from Opening Day leavig the ballpark in Tito's first game here. There's just little, crappy, dumb stuff."

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