On June 11, I came off the disabled list. Early in July came another of those Yankees series in which the fate of the world seemed to rest upon the outcome. I was down to pitch the finale. Two days before my start, Roger Clemens drilled Kevin Millar. I didn't care whether it was intentional or not. Clemens hit one of my players, so I filed it at the top of my to-do list.Pedro will be released Tuesday, May 5.
The first batter of the first inning was Alfonso Soriano. I nicked him, but I swear, that one was just up and in. Soriano leaned in and swung right into that ball. The umpire said it was a strikeout.
Derek Jeter was up next, and I sailed one in on his hands and got him good. Both he and Soriano had to leave the game early to have X‑rays taken. I told some teammates, "At least I gave them a discount on an ambulance—they both got to go in the same one." That comment surprised Derek Lowe. He told me he figured that when I hit batters, it was an accident 90% of the time. He was 100% wrong. When I hit a batter, it was 90% intentional.
April 30, 2015
Pedro: An Excerpt
Sports Illustrated has posted an excerpt from the upcoming book, Pedro:
by allan at 3:28 PM