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Pedro Martinez: Jorge Posada talked about my mother

Don Zimmer Pedro Martinez

Anyone who watches the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees today and comes away thinking they have a heated rivalry must not have been around about 10 years ago. Simply put, today’s rivalry between the two teams looks like a pillow fight compared to what we saw shortly after the turn of the century.

Arguably the most famous Yankees-Red Sox brawl of all time took place in 2003, when Pedro Martinez infamously did this to Don Zimmer. It’s unclear if Pedro was trying to blame that fight on Jorge Posada, but the now-Hall of Famer said Wednesday on Daily News Live that he still does not get along with the former Yankees catcher.

When asked if there was a Yankee player he enjoyed hitting the most, Martinez hardly had to think before blurting out “Jorge Posada.”

“Believe it or not we competed cleanly, I never tried to hit him or do anything,” Martinez said of Posada, who he only plunked once. “It was just competing. But he was always mad at me for some reason.

“Then he let it go a little bit too far with the Zimmer incident. Between Latinos you don’t mention anybody’s mother. I did not appreciate that. I know it was in the heat of the situation, but that’s sensitive to Latino players.”

Martinez admitted to calling Posada “Dumbo” because of his big ears, but he said that is no reason for Jorge to insult his mother or “want to kill me.”

Between the Posada remarks and the stuff Martinez said earlier about his Jheri curl hairstyle, Pedro is the most entertaining thing to happen to the Hall of Fame in quite some time. Here’s a video of his appearance on Daily News Live:

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