The Book of Mike

"This is no junior college. This is the notorious University of Miami.” -- Marlins starter Dontrelle Willis, after getting knocked around for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Canes.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Pedro Martinez to the Cubs

Well, judging from the mail today, it seems we have some new Cub fan readers as of late, courtesy of a recent article over at The Cub Reporter. I’m sure that Cubs fans were elated when they read this little snippet from today’s New York Times:

In comments published in El Caribe, a newspaper in his native Dominican
Republic, Martínez praised the Yankees' principal owner, George Steinbrenner,
and said he would be honored to be a teammate of the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez,
the Angels' Vladimir Guerrero or the Giants' Barry Bonds. And he insisted he
would not be afraid to leave the Red Sox after seven seasons. "I would play
baseball even in a goat's den," he said. "Anywhere. That doesn't worry me."
It’s not unusual at this time of year to hear owners, players, or agents speaking in code, so when you hear Martinez talk about playing baseball in a “goat’s den” you immediately have to make the connection to the Cubs, Wrigley Field, and the curse of the Billy Goat. Pedro helped break one curse. Maybe he’ll help break a second. I doubt it, but you never know.

I for one will eternally be thankful to Pedro Martinez for this quote, for from now on I will refer to Wrigley Field as The Goat’s Den.


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