1) He's setting them up. You know, let the Yankees believe they're in his head, then he shoves a no-run, 15-strikeout game down their throats in the ALCS.
2) He is starting free-agent negotiations with the Yankees. This was the olive branch; bow down to the Yankees and then you, too, may be considered for the Empire.
Of course, it could be neither of the above. It could be that Pedro walked into that room with no motivation in mind. Did you see his face upon giving up the game-tying homer to Hideki Matsui in the eighth? The lights went out.
Whatever it was--contract, something else, or nothing at all-- Martinez still is an elite pitcher, one who turned 33 on Oct. 25 and has fewer 200-inning seasons than Brad Radke. And everybody is waiting for ALCS III between the Yankees and the Red Sox (following 1999 and 2003) to see what else Pedro has up his sleeve. -- Tom Verducci
--Reprinted from SI.com, September 28, 2004