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Pedro Martinez has just written his autobiography that is simply “Pedro” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  While he had assistance from co-writer Michael Silverman, this tome is clearly written in Pedro’s voice.

Martinez gives us an insider’s viewpoint into those countless Red Sox-Yankees battles when he was Boston’s ace pitcher including the infamous brawl between the two teams in the 2003 American League Championship Series Game 3 in which he threw down Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer. Pedro admits that he wishes that he handled things differently.

The one shortcoming of the book is that Pedro doesn’t spend much time discussing his tenure with the Mets from 2005-2008 except to mention that relief pitchers Braden Looper and Robert Hernandez blew a number of games that he should have won while pitching for the Amazins. He also preferred when Ramon Castro was catching him instead of Mike Piazza although he admits that he appreciated Mike’s ability to hit.

Yankees catching great Jorge Posada has also written his life story, “The Journey Home” (Dey Street). Jorge writes a lot about his dad’s influence on him as well as being part of the Yankees “Fab Five” of homegrown ‘90s talent that included Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, and himself. He states that the 2001 World Series in which the Yankees lost a very emotional seven-game World Series to the Arizona Diamondbacks that occurred just weeks after 9/11 still haunts him.

On the downside, he writes very little about is his strained relationship with Yankees manager Joe Girardi and he gives short shrift as to why he asked out of the lineup just before a game in the latter part of the 2011 season even though he was healthy.

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Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.