Why I pick Pedro Martinez over Madison Bumgarner for greatest postseason relief appearance

Who had the greatest relief appearance in postseason history: Pedro Martinez or Madison Bumgarner?

When Madison Bumgarner shut the door on the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the World Series, I called it one of the most brilliant baseball moves and performances of all time. Bumgarner’s entire postseason as a whole may be the best ever.

And with Pedro Martinez’s recent induction in the Hall of Fame, I got a chance to relive his career and watch his relief performance in the 1999 ALDS — a performance that could have cost him his career. It was the cherry on top to one of the greatest pitching seasons of all time.

(Click here to read the ongoing debate)

Since then I have debated which relief performance was more impressive. Which would be the greatest of all time. I ended up with the conclusion that they are 1A and 1B — but Martinez’s performance being 1A. I posed this question on Twitter and had a healthy debate as why Bumgarner’s appearance should be higher. I will now defend my stance.

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Recapping my first ever trip to Fenway Park

Off my bucket list.

I am so happy that I was able to make it out to Fenway Park on Tuesday. Since I went to Cooperstown this weekend to celebrate Pedro Martinez’s induction to the Hall of Fame, it was pretty cool that Tuesday was the day the Red Sox would retire his number. When I found out about it, I switched up some of my original itinerary to go to this specific game.

I had taken a walk along the Boston Freedom Trail all day but I knew this was my highlight. As a baseball junkie, visiting this old park was essential for me. As a kid I was always fascinated with the layout of the park, especially the Green Monster. So after getting off the metro station, I walked over to Yawkey Way. But first, before I even went there I saw the retired numbers all lined up. And right there, was Pedro’s number. I had to take a picture.

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I’m going to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend

For several years I have been planning a trip back to Cooperstown. I went there in 2008 and wanted to return last year for Frank Thomas. That didn’t work out but this year, I knew I had to make it. I booked everything three months ago and now this weekend I will finally be there.

Just look at that class. Phenomenal! I am a huge Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson fan. John Smoltz was my favorite pitcher from the Braves trio and Craig Biggio was just nails every time. This was my childhood. This is why I love baseball. It’s going to be crazy flying out to Albany tonight and driving all the way out to Cooperstown. But for the induction ceremony, I have to be there.

Then after all that, I will be driving out to Boston to visit Fenway Park on Tuesday for Pedro’s jersey retirement. That’s my first time ever at Fenway. I am really excited for that.

But before that on Monday, I will head out to the Basketball Hall of Fame. This is going to be real exciting to visit this museum. That just leaves the Hockey Hall of Fame as the last one for me to visit.

This is my weekend. I will share as much as I can on social media. I am really excited for this. I think I might go back next year.

 

Why did Pablo Sandoval go to the Red Sox?

Pablo Sandoval had made it known he wanted to stay with the Giants. The team reportedly offered him a five-year deal worth around $95 million. The Red Sox reportedly offered him the same length for $100 million. Is the extra $5 million the deciding factor? I don’t think so.

Both teams are great situations. With the Giants, he gets to stay with a team he knows in a city he knows. He is already a hero and there is a comfort there. But Boston offers more exposure, more power in the bats and a potentially exciting new career direction.

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MLB Network had one really misinformed tweet

MLB Network’s Twitter page shared a tweet about Xander Bogaerts breaking up Chris Sale’s no-hitter bid.

The problem, however, is that MLB Network claims it was Bogaerts’ first ever big league home run. That actually is not true. He hit his first homer last season.

People on Twitter made sure they were aware of it.

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Peyton Manning NAMED 2013 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR

I wouldn’t have picked him. He’s worthy, but I think that David Ortiz is the guy who deserves the award. He didn’t have the best stats, but he was the heart and soul of a championship team and a city in need of healing.

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Sportsman CoverNEW YORK, NY (December 15) – Sports Illustrated today announced that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the 2013 Sportsman of the Year. After winning the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year award in 2012, Manning returned to the Mile High City to anchor the Broncos’ high-octane offense, which leads the league in total offense (453.4 ypg), passing (333.6 ypg), receiving (344.4 ypg) and points scored (535). Manning’s 47 touchdown passes during the Broncos’ 11–3 start puts him four TDs away from breaking Tom Brady’s record for most touchdowns thrown in a season. Manning is just one of eight professional football players to be named Sportsman. He joins Pete Rozelle (1963), Terry Bradshaw (’79), Reggie Williams (’87), Joe Montana (’90), Tom Brady (2005), Brett Favre (’07), and Drew Brees (’10).  To download a high resolution JPEG of the cover click here.

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‘Goosebump city’: Chills, tears and joy as Red Sox place trophy at marathon finish line [pics]

Perfect.