Pedro Martinez's Hall Of Fame Induction Was A Welcome Break
about 5 days ago.
Updated about 5 days ago.
Pedro Martinez uplifted Red Sox fans many times throughout his illustrious seven-year stint in Boston. He did it one more time Sunday with his Hall of Fame induction speech.
Pedro's weekend in Cooperstown served as a welcome distraction from the putrid Red Sox of 2015, who recently just finished the franchise's first winless road trip in 64 years. There is nothing for fans to look forward to in the present, so it should come as little surprise that Pedro was seemingly at the top of everyone's minds over the last week.
But now that the Hall of Fame induction ceremony has concluded, attention will turn back to the cellar dwelling Red Sox, who appear poised to sell off some pieces by the trade deadline Friday. But unlike last year, they don't seem to have much to sell. That is a problem.
It is also a problem that Ben Cherington, the same man who blew the Jon Lester and John Lackey deals last year, is still the man in charge.
In the "Around the League" segment, Alex tells you why teams that trade for an ace before the deadline rarely find postseason success. He also lauds John Smoltz for using his Hall of Fame speech as a platform to spread a message he believes in.
Smoltz's eloquent speech was the antithesis of Colin Cowherd's comments about the intelligence of Dominican baseball players. Many forces railed against Cowherd – though some, like ESPN, may have had other motives at play – but few spoke more articulately about the subject than ... Pedro. No surprise there.
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