David Ortiz is the last member of the Boston Red Sox who played with Pedro Martinez in Boston, making him unequally qualified to talk about the newest member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The two were part of the first Red Sox team to win a World Series in 86 years.
Now the honors keep coming for Martinez, as he will have his No. 45 retired before the Red Sox host the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on Tuesday.
“Pedro was special,” Ortiz said of Martinez on “Red Sox First Pitch” before Tuesday’s game. “The much that we know about Pedro that’s how he was. Pedro was an unbelievable competitor, the best stuff I’ve ever seen in a pitcher. The most important thing, he was an incredible human being. His numbers, they were ridiculous.”
Red Sox pitcher Clay Buchholz joined Ortiz on the pregame show. Check out more of what Ortiz and Buchholz had to say of Martinez in the video above.
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