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He guaranteed at least two more games for the Red Sox—and if they could win, then Pedro would be ready for the deciding Game 7. ”47 Without Pedro, the Red Sox were hapless. Boston pitcher Bret Saberhagen could not hold the Yankees the next day, and he lost the game to the New Yorkers by a final score of 9-2. The next day brought another loss to Boston, this time 6-1, and Boston fans could only be left wondering: if only they had two Pedros. The Yankees went on to win the 1999 World Series over the Atlanta Braves, while Boston was left to nurse another loss, and another year—now 81 years and counting—without a World Series trophy.

He started out by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets. He pitched his way through nine perfect innings on June 3 against the San Diego Padres—retiring 27 batters in a row. 13. During the strike-shortened 1994 season, the Expos went 74-40 but were just 232-236 over the next three years. game went into extra innings, and Pedro gave up a double in the tenth. No one scored, and Montreal went on to get a run in the bottom of the tenth, to win the game, 1-0. Although Pedro got the win with a shutout, he was robbed of his perfect game.

Just to see professional ballplayers in the Dominican was special,” Pedro later said. “But to be on the same field was a dream. ”17 Pedro was smaller than Ramon—at the time he only weighed about 135 pounds—but he could throw a ball almost as hard. He played in games around town, where he was considered a tough, scrappy competitor. One day, a pitching coach in Santo Domingo saw Pedro playing on the sidelines, and he was impressed with the young boy’s fastball. He told Pedro that, like his older brother, he, too, could be a professional baseball player if he worked hard and dedicated himself to the game.

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