NO. 45 RETIREMENT: In pre-game ceremonies tonight, the Red Sox will retire the No. 45 worn by Pedro Martinez, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday…Fans are asked to be seated by 6:30 p.m. for the ceremony…All fans attending the game will receive a replica of his HOF plaque, presented by Gold’s Horseradish.
· Tomorrow night, the club will once again hold a pre-game ceremony, this time in Spanish, as part of “Viva Dominicana Night”…Fans tomorrow will receive Dominican flags and postcard replicas of his HOF plaque copy in Spanish…Both today and tomorrow, Pedro’s actual new bronze Hall of Fame plaque will be on display at Fenway Park’s Gate A.
ULTIMATE HONOR: Pedro Martinez will be the 8th Red Sox player to have his number retired, joining Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Johnny Pesky (6), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), Jim Rice (14), and Carlton Fisk (27)…Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is also retired at Fenway (and in all MLB).
· Martinez will be the first pitcher to have his number retired by the Red Sox…During his 7-year tenure with Boston (1998-2004), Martinez was the major league leader in win pct. (.760, 117-37), ERA (2.52), opponent AVG (.206), opponent OBP (.261), opponent SLG (.317), opponent OPS (.578), and WHIP (0.98).
PAPI TURNS 20 AGAIN: Last night David Ortiz homered for the 3rd time in 2 games, hitting his 20th HR of the year.
· Ortiz now has 14 straight 20-homer seasons dating back to 2002, more than any other player in that time…Only 5 players in history have longer streaks: Hank Aaron (20), Babe Ruth (16), Alex Rodriguez (15), Barry Bonds (15), and Willie Mays (15).
· It was Ortiz’s 13th straight 20-homer season as a Red Sox (2003-15), the longest streak in club history…Only one other player hit at least 20 HR for one AL team in 13 or more consecutive seasons: Babe Ruth in 15 seasons for the Yankees from 1920-1934…Among all teams, AL and NL, Ortiz joins only Ruth and Eddie Matthews (14 years with the Braves, 1952-65) as the only players to hit 20+ HR in as many as his first 13 consecutive seasons with a team.