April showers bring May flowers and a highly anticipated memoir. Newest Baseball Hall of Fame member and three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez is set to release his new book “Pedro” in May. The book, co-written by Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, will tell “lively, raw stories” of the highs and lows in Martinez’s time in baseball.
The lowest of the lows, according to Martinez, took place in Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS, which erupted into a Yankees-Red Sox brawl. Benches cleared in the fourth inning following a HBP dealt by pinstriped Roger Clemens to Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez. Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer charged Martinez, who had started the game for Boston and hit New York outfielder Karim Garcia earlier in the inning. Martinez grabbed the attacking coach by the head and brought him to the ground.
From Martinez’s book:
When 72-year-old Don Zimmer came barreling toward me, I wish I had not grabbed his head and pushed him to the Fenway grass as he stumbled and fell forward. Some days I feel more people remember me as the angry young man who pushed down a defenseless old man than as the pitcher who won three Cy Young Awards and a world title and wound up in the Hall of Fame. In my entire baseball career, my reaction to Zimmer’s charge is my only regret.
Martinez goes on to describe his reaction to Zimmer as “pure instinct” and claimed the coach began to lose his balance during his approach.
“All I did was help him fall faster,” wrote Martinez.
“Pedro” follows Martinez from his rough upbringing in the Dominican Republic to his triumphant years with the Red Sox and other teams. The book’s release date is set for May 5.