New York Yankees nemesis Pedro Martinez talked about the repercussions Gary Sanchez may face following Thursday’s brawl.
For those out of the loop, Sanchez got in the middle of a bench-clearing brawl initiated by Miguel Cabrera via a shove to Austin Romine and threw some cheap shots. He threw a punch to a pinned-down Miggy and then later hit a defenseless Nicholas Castellanos in the head.
— Max Wildstein (@MaxWildstein) August 24, 2017
Thinking Gary Sanchez might get something for this punch pic.twitter.com/adZ7oLXhkz
— Bobby Rosinski (@BobbyRosinski) August 24, 2017
Both shots were caught on camera and a suspension is expected to come down on the young backstop in the midst of a postseason race. Martinez, however, believes the incident could have a lengthy impact on Sanchez’s career.
“Cheap shots will stay around the league for ever,” Martinez Tweeted late Thursday night. “I think Gary Sanchez could be badly remembered for this for a long time.”
I know what some Yankees’ fans are thinking: “Yeah, Pedro. Why don’t you tell us about your Don Zimmer incident.” That only validates his position.
You see, to many, Pedro Martinez is one of the greatest starting pitchers to ever play the game. He is a three-time Cy Young award winner, five-time league-leader in ERA and eight-time All-Star. However, his reputation is tainted thanks to the incident that occurred when he shoved the 75-year-old Don Zimmer to the ground in Boston.
On top of all the accolades is one foolish incident that painted him in a negative light across baseball. Gary Sanchez is having one of the best starts to a career in the history of the game, and Pedro believes this one occurrence in Detroit may have an effect on how people view him down the road.
Cheap shots will stay around the league for ever. I think Gary Sanchez could be badly remembered for this for a long time
— Pedro Martinez (@45PedroMartinez) August 25, 2017