Sure, the Red Sox have left you with nothing to watch on TV this late in the season for the first time since 2002, but you’ll always have 2004. In that spirit, all this week we’re going to recap last year’s historic ALCS between the Red Sox and Yankees. Today, Game 2 …
With a chorus of “Who’s your daddy?” chants in the background, Pedro Martinez gave up three runs in six innings (the biggest blow was a two-run homer by then-Yankee John Olerud in the sixth), but was outdueled by Jon Lieber as the Yankees took a 2-0 series lead.
Game 2 was also the night Pedro unleashed his odd “mango tree” line.
“It actually made me feel really, really good,” Martinez said, when asked about the chilly reception from the Yankee Stadium crowd. “I actually realized that I felt like somebody important, because I caught the attention of 60,000, plus you guys, plus the whole world, watching a guy that is, you reverse the time back 15 years ago, I was sitting under a mango tree without 50 cents to pay for a bus. And today, I was the center of attention of the whole city of New York. I thank God for that, and you know what? I don’t regret one bit what they do out there.
“I respect them, and actually I kind of like it because I don’t like to brag about myself, I don’t like to talk about myself, but they did make me feel important.
“I’ve seen a lot of teams pass by and play against this team, the Yankees, and maybe because I’m with the Red Sox I feel so thankful I got their attention, and they got my attention.”
A complete recap of Game 2:
|Oct. 13, 2004:
Game 2 — Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
|Box score Game Log
game recap: Double dip
Dan Shaughnessy: Down again in N.Y.
Jackie MacMullan Don’t pin this loss on him
Bob Ryan: They’re holding all the aces now
Commentary: It’s always something with Sox
red sox notebook: Martinez volunteers for duty
Yankees notebook: New spin on rotation?
Boston sports blog:Red Sox need a paternity suit
Schilling’s season is in doubt
Experts: Surgery only effective option
A low point from top of the order
Closer makes short work in nick of time
Olerud makes the list
Wakefield works out the kinks
Lowe ready to contribute in any role
A rivalry that borders on obsession
Game photos Who’s your daddy?
Game 2 multimedia gallery