Boston’s Love For Pedro Martinez Started With First Fenway Start 20 Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago Wednesday, the love affair between Boston Red Sox fans and Pedro Martinez fans began in earnest.

It was on April 11, 1998, that Martinez took the ball at Fenway Park for the first time as a member of the Red Sox, and he didn’t disappoint.

It wasn’t the future Hall of Famer’s true first impression, of course. After being acquired from the Montreal Expos that winter, Martinez made two starts on the road before the club returned to Boston. And those starts were great,...

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