By: Ted Berg May 1, am. Basically everything Pedro Martinez says is worth listening to, so the entire excerpt of his forthcoming autobiography published at SI. Via Sports Illustrated:.
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NEW YORK—In an interview following his th career win Monday night, Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez said he never could have reached this milestone without the aid of his lucky midget, the Egyptian sun god Ra, and every person and thing who helped him along the way, including an enchanted necklace, former British prime minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain, and a talking whale who lives off the coast of his native Dominican Republic that only he can communicate with. Martinez, who has compiled the highest winning percentage of any pitcher with at least wins, claims that the main influence on his pitching style—and the most important presence in his life—is Ra, the Egyptian sun god of Heliopolis. Oh, and sometimes I'm asking the countenance of Juan Marichal that appears to me in the north sky what pitch I should start the next batter off with. He speaks to me through the stars.
He was He fell ill shortly after arriving in Miami on Friday from Chile, where the Dominican national had been working in a circus. On Saturday he flew to New York, where two of his brothers live, Duran said.
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By Sandra Guzman. On the mound, the Dominican hurler is a warrior: menacing, confident, resourceful and brassy. His extreme fastball — still clocking in at over 90 miles an hour — continues to add to his baseball legend.