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“This is the beauty of this book, the machinations of a modern pitcher's mind . . . There is delicious inside-baseball material here . . . Boston fans, who know Martinez helped turn around their franchise, will certainly buy this book as a totem to one of the magic moments in baseball history: their 2004 title. So, too, should any true fan of the game. Knowing and gritty, this memoir should've been printed on rawhide.” -- Los Angeles Times

“There is little the eight-time all-star holds back about any subject as he offers a revealing look at a colorful career. . . ‘Pedro’ is an easy read, one that you don’t have to be an ardent seamhead to enjoy. . . The intimate details Martinez offers up from both inside and outside the clubhouse make the book a winner.” --  Washington Post

“Brightly illuminates Martinez’s many facets . . . The book serves as a significant exception to the case that David Foster Wallace made, in the Philadelphia Inquirer, more than two decades ago, against the ‘the sports-star-‘with’-somebody autobiography.’” – The New Yorker

“A treat for anyone who loved watching Mr. Martinez pitch or who loves the craft of pitching.” – The Wall Street Journal

“A book much-awaited by Red Sox fans fully delivers . . . Very rewarding.” – The Boston Globe

“‘Pedro’ the book is as smart, as funny, and as diva-esque as Pedro the pitcher . . . It's all great . . .  Buy the book. Read the book. Celebrate a golden era in Boston baseball.” – Dan Shaughnessy, The Boston Globe

"The volatile Hall of Fame pitching ace has just published a trash-talking, score-settling but disarmingly emotional memoir, Pedro, a book sure to make the reading list of any avid baseball fan . . . No question, this delicious summer read is guaranteed fodder for talk radio, because the always outspoken and opinionated Pedro lets it fly on the page with the same abandon he once showed on the mound.” – The Daily Beast

"Well worth the read, an amazing baseball story.” – Providence Journal

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HMH hardcover, 2015
Previous ISBN: 978-0-544-27933-9
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (May 5, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0544279336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0544279339
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pedro Martinez gives us a no-holds barred review of his life-to-date both as a major league baseball pitcher in addition to his private life as well. Sometimes a trade can be a blessing in disguise as Martinez was dealt away from the team he shared with his brother, the Los Angeles Dodgers, to the Montreal Expos where he surprisingly found a more hospitable environment. A subsequent trade to the Boston Red Sox led to the most productive years of his career where he initially expected to stay for only one year.

The book contains interesting details following the 2004 season with teams such as the Red Sox, Yankees, and Mets romancing Martinez to sign with their team. His father's terminal illness along with surgery on his pitching shoulder led to rather unproductive years with the Mets. One part in particular that I found to be somewhat tiring was the description of the art and craft of pitching to various hitters. There was a bit more than I cared to read about.

I found a couple of errors regarding the names of players as well. The name of a particular coach is Joey Amalfitano and not Joey Malfitano. The other was the name listed as Billy Gardner who was the last batter Pedro Martinez pitched to while a member of the Phillies. The correct name should be Brett Gardner of the Yankees.

Martinez had the reputation of being a head-hunter while on the mound but he explains each of the memorable situations along with the incident in which Yankees' coach Don Zimmer charged and tripped while Martinez moved to avoid him. Zimmer later apologized for this embarrassment.

The book contains numerous photos and we find there is more to learn about the man who believed the inside of home plate belonged to him.
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Chronicles the career of a man who felt he deserved too much too soon. As a youth Martinez felt he should have been the premier pitcher instead of paying his dues and working his way up the ladder. No doubt he was a hard worker. He would eventually make it big but seems to have several chips on his shoulder about his ascent on the way up. What I get from this book is that regardless of where one comes from--playing a professional sport for a living is a privilege--Martinez-from what I get--felt like it was his divine right that he play a sport for a living and make as much money as possible and that the league (still) owes him its undying respect.
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I didn't like this as much as I thought I was going to, but as a baseball fan, there was no way I could skip this book.

I mean..come on... PEDRO wrote a book? This I GOTTA check out, right? One of the greatest pitchers ever? I'm IN!

As I barreled through this account of his life, a few things kept popping up, bothering me a bit.

1) I enjoy seeing Pedro on MLB Network, and I find his baseball insights tremendously informative. He's quick, funny...but I didn't see that guy here in this book.
As I read paragraph after paragraph, I could 'hear' in my head the words coming out in his thick accent. But the writing in the book seems as if it had been tidied up a bit too much by his co-writer. A first person account often comes across as the author telling you his story, but the language/syntax/whatever struck me as inauthentic. And when another player chimes in, weighing in on one of Pedro's victories, or an executive discusses a particular Pedro eccentricity, the tone shifts to a more conventional biography for a moment...it's a little jarring.
I would have liked either a more "Pedro"-like storytelling, or conversely a more measured, descriptive biographical account.

2) MAN does he have an excuse for everything...he sounds like my 12-year-old after a bad Little League game...

3) MAN is he an angry guy! It is true that by the end of the book, he seems to have attained some sort of peace, but he is one vindictive little guy. At one point, he makes a comment that he's going to eventually "get back" at another pitcher by hitting him with a pitch, even if it's in an "Old-Timer's Game." And he is defiantly proud saying that.

4) His staggering greatness...
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First I will admit I'm a Yankee fan, but a fair one. This book is just "OK".. some interesting insights and he appears to be very honest. I'm sure if you are a Boston fan this is a must but I found it kind of boring. But after reading it I am struck mostly by the fact that he only reinforced the stereotype of him being a Diva. I mean, what a baby. He admits to directly disobeying his managers and general managers whenever it suited him. If things didn't go his way he was difficult, almost impossible to deal with. I have no dislike for Pedro, he was one of the best pitchers of his generation and maybe top 20 all time, I wanted to like him, but he didn't give me much reason to.
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"Pedro" is an enjoyable read. The subtext reveals how he frequently ticked people off with a no apologies approach to baseball and life. Somewhat of the Bob Gibson school of pitching - throw high and tight if the batter is crowding the plate - hit them if necessary - he reveals a lot that Red Sox and Expo fans may know but as a general baseball fan, I didn't know. There are holes in the story; for instance there is a lead-in to the Red Sox comeback after being down 0-3 to the Yankees in 2004 but then almost no significant discussion of the 4 game comeback. He has obvious principles. As a relatively small man, of all the players who would have benefited from steroid use, he would have. His discussion of the subject is direct and enlightening and no punches are pulled. As a baseball fan I enjoyed the book. I think Red Sox fans would love it.
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