Buenos dias! and bienvenidos! to the World Baseball Classic portion of baseball's exhibition season. Even if you can't stand and/or comprehend what Bud Selig's vision is all about, there's no denying this about the WBC: We get to see Pedro Martinez again.
Pedro, never hesitant about passing along the tricks, appears to be showing a circle change grip to Rafael Perez of the Indians in this photo to the right. Just whatthe White Sox, Twins, Tigers and ... Royals (I guess) need.
What do you think, Pedro?
My brief exchange with Pedro Martinez:
Me: "Pedro, can I ask you a few questions?"Future Hall of Famer: "I really have no idea; you'll probably have to ask somebody in media relations." (goes to hug baby)
Me: "Thanks, Pedro. Back to you in the studio."
We'll see what happens or what he says after the game. The Dominican team (w/ Hanley) is facing the Marlins (w/o Hanley) at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., a couple hours north of Miami, where the Fish and Cardinals train.
This morning, I watched specifically for a couple of free agents: Pedro and our guy Odalis "I thought it best, and I prefer, to sit in my house" Perez.
I got a couple of good shots of each out and about.
Pedro still wants to strut his stuff and show other clubs that he's what they need.
Kind of like, but in a different situation, Perez — who looks in Odalis Game Shape, as you might notice. (The ODP always pitched with a little gut.)
Anyway, the auction is underway for both pitchers, if your team is interested in bidding.
Later, we'll see if Odalis issues a statement on holding out, being fired from the Nationals and having a chance to start anew elsewhere for probably what he would have made with the Nationals.
The national anthem of the D.R. is playing. It's time to play.