I love Pedro Martinez, but he’s got to be kidding if he thinks we’re going to buy his line that he was denied the Cy Young because certain sports writers didn’t like him or because there were too many Dominicans winning other awards and the judges wanted to pick an American. As Dan Shaughnessy writes in today’s Boston Globe:
Sadly, even though Pedro was marginally the best pitcher in the American League in 2002, he lost his bid for the Cy Young Award when he ”shut it down” after beating the Orioles in Baltimore Sept. 22.
The Sox still had seven games left when Pedro won his 20th and announced, ”This is it … I don’t have anything else to prove. I’m done. I’m not running. I’m not doing anything. I’m not going to take a chance of getting hurt in my next outing.”
Those comments came three days before the Red Sox were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.