Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez greets Kyer Pion from Worcester while handing out Good Humor ice cream during a promotion for the company Tuesday.  (Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki)
Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez greets Kyer Pion from Worcester while handing out Good Humor ice cream during a promotion for the company Tuesday. (Globe staff photo by John Tlumacki)

The Bruins’ spectacular collapse in the waning seconds of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals is prompting some to compare the excruciating loss to previous epic fails by local teams, including the 1986 and 2003 Red Sox. Pitcher Pedro Martinez, who was on the Sox squad whose season was suddenly and brutally ended by Aaron Boone in 2003, understands the fans’ frustration but he recommends they relax. “I would tell the fans, first of all, not to take their jerseys off,” Martinez told us Tuesday. “We ended up the worst way you could end a season in 2003, and in 2004 we rewarded them with the best World Series in the whole history of the game. I’m expecting the Bruins to do the same next year.” Martinez didn’t see a lot of hockey growing up in the Dominican Republic, but he watched Monday’s game. “I saw a lot of bravery in all those guys. I know they were banged up,” he said. “You can’t blame anyone for winning or losing. Remember, the Bruins were in the Finals. Anyone can beat anyone in the Finals.” We caught up with Martinez as he rode around the city in a Good Humor truck serving ice cream to surprised passersby. “Mostly everyone just wants to say thank you for ’04,” said Pedro, who revealed that he used to snack on ice cream while pitching. “They’d give it to me in the middle of games because I couldn’t keep weight on,” he said. “Normally, I like caramel and vanilla.”

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