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Pedro Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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“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
Previous ISBN: 978-0-544-27933-9
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In this family-plus-one photo from around 1990, I’m standing with my arms around my father, Paolino. Also in this photo are, back row from the left, my brothers Nelson and Ramon, sisters Luz Maria and Anadelia, Hall of Famer Eddie Murray behind me and my younger brother, Jesus, to my left. My mother, Leopoldina, is to the left in the front row, next to a cousin, Chicho, and my two nephews in front: Jose Miguel Abreu and Jose Antonio.
Photo: Pedro Martinez
In the summer of 1991, I was only 19 years old but I raced through the Dodgers’ minor league system, advancing from Single-A, Double-A (here, with the San Antonio Missions) and Triple-A. I thought I should have made it to the majors as well but the Dodgers made me wait until very late in the 1992 season for my first call-up.
Photo: Pedro Martinez
Life was sweet with the Expos.
Photo: Panini America
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great insight not only into who Pedro Martinez was as a baseball player, but also who he was as a man.
It's a delightful read that is highly recommended.
Love the insight to Pedro's career and his mentality. One of the best competitors of all time.Published 1 month ago by Lok-Tin Yao
Huge Red Sox fan, so I was pleased to read this book. Offers great insights into Pedro's life, both inside and outside the game.
A Hall of Fame person as well as pitcher.
A must read for any red Sox fan. Was entertaining and easy to read. Great book for any baseball fan.Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
I enjoyed the book, it was a good chronicle of baseball in the 90's.Published 3 months ago by Spiro C. Colaitis