Pedro Martinez spoke with the media yesterday at Port St. Lucie and was his usual self. Here are some of the interesting things he mentions.
- On the steroids era: “I dominated that era and I did it clean. I can stand by my numbers and I can be proud of them.”
- On steroids testing: “I wish that they would check every day. That’s how bad I want the game to be clean. I would rather go home (than) taint the game.
- On being called a prima donna: “I have a small frame and when I hurt all I could do was take a couple of Aleve or Advil, a cup of coffee and a little mango and an egg — and let it go!”
- On continuing his career after his contract with the Mets expires at the end of the 2008 season: “It’s going to be all dictated by my health. If I’m healthy, I still have a couple years left. … If I don’t finish as a Met, I think it’s going to be a long haul to find another team or whatever.”
- On if he can make 30 starts this year: “Nobody’s guaranteed to do that.”
- On the acquisition of Johan Santana: “Ahh, I can breathe. I’m extremely happy to have Johan here. It’s like a big glass of cold water when you’re thirsty.
- On his late season comeback in 2007: “When I came back I was still beat up from all the work. I was still stiff. I was healthy, but I was mentally and physically fatigued.”
- On the infamous collapse of 2007: “I’m not used to it. I was born a winner. I don’t want to go down like that…. You could call it lack of concentration, fatigue. We failed because we got tired and at the end of the year we didn’t know how to mentally prepare for those 20 games.”