Pedro Martinez probably hasn’t done too much pitching since his last major league appearance in the 2009 World Series, but the 45-year-old wasn’t afraid to dust off his cleats for a Thursday evening start in Cambridge’s annual “Oldtime Baseball” game.
True to his Hall of Fame status, Martinez pitched two scoreless innings, while going 0-1 at the plate. Additionally, he helped to bring awareness to the charitable causes that the Oldtime game benefits, imploring teammates beforehand to “remember why we’re here.”
And just as he did to Sammy Sosa in the 1999 All-Star Game, Martinez closed out the first inning with a strikeout:
Pedro's first inning: 2 flyouts + this strikeout pic.twitter.com/tmD30okBW5
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John Martin, a former NESN cameraman who is battling ALS, attended the game. Martinez paid tribute to Martin’s positivity and strength:
— NESN (@NESN) August 18, 2017
The annual game, which began in 1994, was played in front of a large crowd at St. Peter’s Field on Sherman Street in Cambridge.