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Pedro still has Boston in his blood

11/3/2009

Even wearing Philly Red, Pedro Martinez is thinking about Red Sox fans. When addressing the media Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, preparing to pitch Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday against Andy Pettitte and the Yankees, Pedro said he still considers himself a Bostonian and has a special place in his heart for Sox fans.

Here are some of his comments:

On why so many Red Sox fans are rooting for the Phillies in the World Series: "I know they don't like the Yankees to win, not even in Nintendo games."

On his relationship with Sox fans: "I'm pretty sure that every Boston fan out there can feel proud that I'm going to try and beat the Yankees and I'm going to give just the same effort I always did for them. They're special fans and they will always have my respect."

On former Red Sox teammate and current Yankee Johnny Damon: "He's a tough out and he's going to give you a battle and he's not going to get unraveled for anything. He's always going to make it fun. J.D. is just a special human being and special player. I'm glad he's doing well, too. That's one of the guys I will always root for."

On how he expects to be remembered: "I'm pretty sure my name will be mentioned. I don't know in which way. But maybe after I retire, because normally when you die, people tend to actually give you props about the good things. But that's after you die. So I'm hoping to get it before I die. I don't want to die and hear everybody say, 'Oh, there goes one of the best players ever.' If you're going to give me props, just give them to me right now."