Thunderbirds Fan Appreciation weekend welcomes Pedro Martinez

Hampden County

The Thunderbirds welcomed former Boston Red Sox Pitcher and hall of famer, Pedro Martinez at Saturday night’s game

Martinez was the Red Sox starting pitcher for seven seasons, from 1998 to 2004.

His visit Saturday night celebrates the 15-year anniversary of the Red Sox winning the 2004 World Series Championship, where Martinez earned the win in Game three, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox went on to sweep the series and to break the “Curse of the Bambino” after 86 years. And to honor the team, the T-birds are wearing specialty Red Sox-themed jerseys, which will be auctioned postgame.

Martinez told 22News, “It’s always good to come back, to bring back the memories. Especially being back with the same players, your teammates, your brothers, the people that went to war with you. It’s really special it makes it, it never gets old.”

Saturday night’s special celebration for Pedro Martinez Night will also include intermission games and activities with the Red Sox legend.

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