He has fit right in, and Boston, with its legions of fans, including the literati, has forgiven the team for its three-month somnambulism and the G.M. for shipping the franchise shortstop out of town. Indeed, the ultimate testimony to Cabrera's assimilation may be this: One young fan showed up at Fenway Park with a Red Sox jersey that, like his team, was altered on the fly. The name on the back--NOMAH--was crossed out and above it was a handwritten replacement: CABRERAH.
-- Tom Verducci
--Reprinted from SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, September 13, 2004
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY
It�will�down�in�Yankees-Red Sox lore as the Daddy Speech, in honor of this highlight in pitcher Pedro Martinez's interview session after a 6-4 loss to New York on Sept. 24: "What can I say? I just tip my hat and call the Yankees my daddy."
There was more to it, of course. Martinez, speaking while seated in front of a packed room of reporters, said he didn't want to pitch against the Yankees again. "I hope they ... disappear and never come back."
He said he wasn't trying to show up manager Terry Francona when he turned his back as Francona came to the mound to remove him from the game. "It was all me," Martinez explained. "I wanted to bury myself on the mound."
Martinez's comments were the buzz of both clubhouses the next day. And the question was the same from both sides: Why? "Frustration," said Boston pitcher Curt Schilling. "We've all been there. Nobody's upset at him. I'm sure we'll get on him about it a little bit. I can't wait to get one of the [WHO'S YOUR DADDY?] Tshirts in New York. But it doesn't last. With the Red Sox and Yankees every story has a 24-hour shelf life, and then you're on to something else."
The Yankees expressed more surprise. Maybe this is what happens when you play in New York, where conspiracy and subterfuge are never far from your mind, but the Yankees had trouble accepting Martinez's words and emotions at face value. "Pedro is very, very smart," one said with a smile.
So why would he say it? A couple of Yankees theories: