Pedro Martinez and Alex Rodriguez are longtime friends, so much so that last winter, during Martinez’s free agency, the right-hander met with and confided in the Yankees’ third baseman.
Yet Martinez, who wound up signing with the Mets, is disappointed that A-Rod has chosen to play for the United States — instead of the Dominican Republic — in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Martinez chose to share this sentiment publicly.
“Alex is American because he was born in the United States, but after what Mike Piazza — a future Hall of Famer — did, who will be playing for Italy, and Nomar Garciaparra, who will be playing for Mexico, he had an excuse to do the same with the Dominican Republic,” said Martinez, who intends to pitch for his native Dominican Republic. Martinez’s statements were spoken to the Dominican-based television network Color Vision. ESPN.com first reported of the interview here.
“Now Alex must prepare for the nasty comments that will arise in the Bronx, where almost half of the citizens are Latino and purely Dominican,” Martinez said. “In fact, when Alex gets [to the Dominican Republic] it’s possible that not even the reporters will be here to welcome him.”
Now Alex must prepare for the nasty comments that will arise in the Bronx, where almost half of the citizens are Latino and purely Dominican…….
Hey, Petey – Does this mean that Piazza will hear nasty comments when he plays in San Francisco where almost half of the citizens are American and purely, well, you know?
This whole WBC-DR-thing is getting to be way too Wisteria Laney for me – esp. when Mango starts chirping on it too. And, of course, poor A-Rod is A-Lightning-Rod – again.
Beam me up Scotty Brosius. This scene is getting out of control.