Photos: Pedro Martinez’s Red Sox years
Photos: Pedro Martinez’s Red Sox years
Pedro Martinez talks to reporters on Dec. 12, 1997, about signing a $75 million contract with the Red Sox. The team's general manager Dan Duquette (right) has a laugh about it.
Pedro Martinez enjoys his first day in spring training on Feb. 16, 1998, as he and the rest of the pitchers and catchers stretch.
Pedro Martinez had chalked up 12 strikeouts and nine zeros on the scoreboard on April 11, 1998. He pitched a two-hit shutout during this game against the Mariners.
Pedro Martinez is mobbed by fans as he signs autographs prior to a sunny Sunday afternoon game against the Mariners on April 12, 1998.
Pedro Martinez in the middle of the postgame high-fives after his masterful four-hit complete game shutout of the Indians gave the Red Sox a 1-0 victory on July 15, 1998.
Pedro Martinez did not pitch in Game 4 of the 1998 Division Series game against the Indians despite requesting the opportunity.
Nomar Garciaparra (right) puts the final touches on wrapping Pedro Martinez to a pole in the dugout during the ninth inning of the Red Sox' 6-1 victory over the White Sox on June 25, 1999.
Pedro Martinez pitches with Nomar Garciaparra at shortstop during the first inning of the All-Star Game on July 13, 1999, at Fenway Park. He received the All-Star MVP trophy at end of the game.
Pedro Martinez argues his case with manager Jimy Williams in the dugout prior to a game on Aug. 14, 1999, at Fenway Park. Williams wouldn't let Martinez start because he was late and hadn't had time to properly warm up.
Pedro Martinez pitched a memorable 17-strikeout one-hitter against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on September 10, 1999.
Red Sox players celebrate around Pedro Martinez after winning Game 5 against the Cleveland Indians advance to the 1999 ALCS against the New York Yankees.
Pedro Martinez is the center of attention in the first inning of Game 3 of the 1999 ALCS at Fenway Park.
Pedro Martinez and his brother Ramon go through a timed run at the start of spring training in 2000 in Fort Myers, Fla.
A fan runs up with an extra K if needed, but Pedro only tied his career record with 17 strikeouts on this day.
Pedro Martinez sat alone in the dugout with his thoughts for quite a long time following the final out of the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Blue Jays on May 23, 2000.
Pedro Martinez smiles on the day he was voted the American League Cy Young winner on Nov. 11, 2000.
Pedro Martinez made an appearance on the first day of spring training on Feb. 22, 2001, in Ft. Myers, Fla. He looked like a rock star as he tried to make his way to the clubhouse from the field through the mobs of adoring fans.
Injured Pedro Martinez was in good spirits as he held court with the media unexpectedly in the dugout after finishing his throwing in the outfield during batting practice on Aug. 2, 2001.
Pedro Martinez pitched eight innings, striking out 16 and giving up only three hits in a 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on April 8, 2001.
Pedro Martinez (left), and Nomar Garciaparra have some fun in the outfield at City of Palms Park during an afternoon spring training workout on March 1, 2002.
Pedro Martinez gets a champagne bath in a raucous locker room after the America League Division clincher on Oct. 6, 2003, in Oakland, Calif.
Pedro Martinez, left, threw Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer to the ground after Roger Clemens threw a high ball to Manny Ramirez in the fourth inning of Game 3 of the ALCS in 2003.
Pedro Martinez leaves the field at Yankee Stadium in the eighth inning of Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS after giving up five runs.
The Red Sox were expected to have one of the most feared top three starting pitchers at the top of their rotation in the 2004 season. Curt Schilling (left) and Derek Lowe (right) had been in camp for some time, but they were happy to see the third member of the troika, Pedro Martinez, arrive for his first spring training workout Feb. 24, 2004.
Pedro Martinez throws a pitch to the Indians' Ron Belliard in the first inning on May 11, 2004, at Fenway Park.
Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez point to each other after Ramirez's catch to end the seventh inning on June 25, 2004, at Fenway Park.
Curt Schilling (left) and Pedro Martinez (right) in the Boston dugout as the visitors trail the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALCS on Oct. 13, 2004.
Pedro Martinez pointed to the sky as he left the field after the seventh inning of the third game of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Oct. 26, 2004.
Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez, and David Ortiz film a "We're going to Disney World" commercial after winning the World Series in 2004.
Pedro Martinez celebrates sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2004 World Series.
Pedro Martinez heads out of Fenway Park on Oct. 29, 2004, after an early morning flight from St. Louis, where the Red Sox won the World Series.
Pedro Martinez (left), now a special assistant to the general manager, was warmly greeted by former teammate David Ortiz (right) when they met in the outfield at the start of a morning spring training workout.
Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra, and Pedro Martinez threw out ceremonial first pitches as their Red Sox Hall of Fame blazers flapped in the wind. They were inducted into the team's hall of fame along with longtime radio voice Joe Castiglione in an on-field ceremony on Aug. 14, 2014.
Former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez waves both American and Dominican flags as he arrives at Fenway Park for a late afternoon press conference after he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 6, 2015.