With his new book, “Pedro,” which was released on Monday, former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez offers untold stories of his career in baseball. One of those stories came from his time with the Mets.

Martinez wrote in his book that Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon forced him to pitch through an injury in the 2005 season, specifically a toe injury that plagued him in late September when the team had no hopes of making the playoffs.

The New York Times published the excerpt, which said that Mets manager Willie Randolph told Martinez that he was done for the season but Wilpon wanted to sell tickets for a matchup against star Marlins left-hander Dontrelle Willis. Martinez said he protested the order and offered to give back the rest of his contract.

The newly minted 2015 Hall of Famer wrote that Wilpon said, “While I’m the boss here, you’re going to have to do what I say.”

The game, which Martinez pitched and lost, prolonged the toe problem, Martinez claims, and other parts of his body broke down the next season, and Martinez was inactive for the Mets’ run to Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series.

“I couldn’t help but think about how when I was healthy in 2005, our team wasn’t that good,” Martinez wrote. “But as my health declined, I was urged to pitch a meaningless game at the end of 2005 that wound up shortening my recovery time for 2006 and led me to a hospital where doctors performed a three-hour arthroscopic procedure to repair my shoulder.”

Wilpon responded to the excerpt via a statement published by the Times, refuting Martinez’s story.

“Pedro was always a great competitor and deserving of being in the Hall of Fame,” the statement read. “This particular excerpt in the book is false as those kinds of decisions have always been put in the hands of our baseball people.”

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Judy Cohen

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SB NationTiger Woods conceded Tuesday that he has not slept much heading into Thursday’s start of The Players Championship — mostly since this week is the anniversary of his father’s death and because of his recent split from Lindsey Vonn.

“It obviously does affect me. It is tough, no doubt, I’m not going to lie about that, it is tough,” Woods said during a press conference at TPC Sawgrass about off-course issues having a impact on him inside the ropes. “And on top of that, this time of year is really, really hard on me. This three-day window is really hard.

“I haven’€™t slept,” said Woods. “These three days, May 3rd through the 5th, today, is brutal on me. And with obviously what happened on Sunday it just adds to it.”

Look, if Tiger Woods loses sleep around the anniversary of his father’s death every year, who am I to judge? People grieve in different ways, I guess. Granted, it was nine years ago. And Earl Woods was 74 years old. Which isn’t old, per se. (I’ve noticed that the age at which I think someone lived to a ripe old age gets moved back with every passing year. When I was a kid I used to hear about someone in their 50s dying and think, “Well, he had a good run.” Now someone kicks in their 90s and I get all distraught and say things like “The poor thing was in the prime of her life!” But I digress.) But it’s not like burying a child or something. Both my parents have passed and I accept it as a “circle of life” kind of thing, and when their anniversary rolls around I feel bad but get the shut-eye I need. But if Tiger chooses to stay up all night mourning his loss instead, he’s welcome to.

But staying up all night because Lindsey Vonn dumped him? That’s where I draw the line. That I will judge.

Man up, Tiger. Is Vonn hot? Do you have the right to be sorry she took you to “Splitsville, Poplulation: You” and left you there? Absolutely. But you don’t have the right to carry on like this. You lost that right when you became Tiger Damned Woods. You’re not some zit-faced, brokenhearted high school kid, lying in his room listening to Goyte on constant repeat. You’re the first billionaire athlete. The seducer of beautiful women. The man other men feared. Who stalked the grounds of the PGA Tour like … well, like a Tiger.

You’re an Alpha Male. You don’t stare at the walls all night all lovelorn. You go out and find some cheap tart and have crazy, dirty and probably psychologically damaging sex with her like you did back in your married days. Heck, find someone who looks like Lindsey and exorcise a few demons that way. But moping around talking about how upset you are is not the look of a champion. You owe it to men everywhere to snap out of this.

@JerryThornton1

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Ex-Patriots and Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is going to court to face 'revenge porn' charges. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

Ex-Patriots and Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is going to court to face “revenge porn” charges. (Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images)

New JerseyFormer New York Jets linebacker Jermaine Cunningham is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday to face charges in a case of alleged revenge porn, nude or sexually explicit photos shared online without the subject’s consent.

Prosecutors said Cunningham sent naked pictures of a woman to the victim’s family and friends as payback after a “domestic incident.” It happened in Summit, N.J., in 2014.

Cunningham’s attorney says his client is innocent, and the name of the woman involved in Cunningham’s case has been kept confidential. …

New Jersey was the first state in the country to enact a “revenge porn” law 10 years ago and New York did so last summer, but many states are still debating the issue.

I don’t want to get into a Patriots vs. Jets debate here. I mean, far be it for me to bring up the fact that Jermaine Cunningham’s career stat line looks like this:

  • New York — Seasons: 2. Incidents of revenge porn: 0
  • New England — Seasons: 3. Incidents of revenge porn: 0

But I won’t because that’s not the real issue here. The important takeaway from this is that revenge porn is wrong. Not just for the victims, but for all of society. When women sext you naked photos of themselves, it’s a sacred trust. A social contract that says you’re going to keep the pictures to yourself. And possibly show them to your buddies to impress them. But once you start disseminating them, posting them on revenge porn sites or sending them to her family and friends, you’ve broken that bond of fellowship. And we all suffer because in the future fewer women will be willing to sext naked photos of themselves to others. And for that, I hope Cunningham suffers to the full extent of the law.

And while we’re on the topic, how good a year did the Patriots have in the 2010 with guys from the U. of Florida? Bill Belichick took three guys who played for the Gators, presumably with assurances from his good pal Urban Meyer that they were Patriots kinds of players. Here are the results:

  • Second round, 53rd overall — Cunningham: Released after three seasons and 43 tackles. Facing criminal charges in a revenge porn case.
  • Second round, 62nd overall — Brandon Spikes: Before he played a game for the Pats a sex video he made at Florida surfaced. In his final season with the team he complained about being put on IR and skipped a workout because of three inches of snow in his driveway. After five years in the league he’s currently unsigned.
  • Fourth round, 113th overall — Aaron Hernandez: Convicted murderer now facing another trial in a double homicide.

I’m in no position to tell His Hoodedness whom he should and should not associate with, but we’ve all had those friends who are a bad influence and just keep getting you in trouble. From here on out, it might be wise for him to just let Meyer’s calls go right to voicemail.

@JerryThornton1

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Curt Schilling joined the show to give his thoughts on the Sox.
The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.
The guys discussed the Sox honoring the 1975 team.
the guys discussed the troubled lineman.

The Red Sox starting 5 has been awful so far. The Patriots have limited proven players in their secondary for the upcoming season. When their respective seasons are over, who do you think will have had a better season?

 

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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Rays at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Orioles at Mets, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA playoffs: Bulls at Cavaliers, 7 p.m. (TNT)
NBA playoffs: Clippers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. (TNT)
NHL playoffs: Canadiens at Lightning, 7 p.m. (USA)
NHL playoffs: Rangers at Capitals, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Soccer: UEFA Champions, Bayern Munich at Barcelona, 2:30 p.m. (FS1)

AROUND THE WEB:

Isiah Thomas is back at Madison Square Garden, much to New York's dismay.

Isiah Thomas, who flopped as general manager of the Knicks but still is in the good graces of team owner James Dolan, is returning to Madison Square Garden, named by Dolan as president of the WNBA’s New York Liberty.

Thomas will oversee basketball and business operations for the Liberty, and he will receive an ownership stake in the team if approved by the WNBA Board of Governors.

“Over the last couple of months Jim and I talked,” Thomas told The Associated Press. “We talked about the ideas and the way that there was a growth opportunity for the New York Liberty. Women’s basketball is an exciting opportunity. It’s something I wanted to be a part of.”

Thomas was president of the Knicks from December 2003 until April 2008, and his high-salaried teams failed to win a single playoff game. He also coached the team for two seasons, going 56-108 before being fired. Additionally, he was sued by a former employee for sexual harassment, a case that cost MSG $11.6 million.

“I’m familiar with everybody’s bad taste in their mouth about him,” said Liberty star Tina Charles, who grew up in New York as a Knicks fan. “I don’t hold anybody to their past.”

The New York media was not as understanding. In a piece headlined, “Only James Dolan would entrust a WNBA team to sexual harasser,” New York Post columnist Mike Vaccaro wrote that he assumed when he saw the release that it was from Funny or Die or The Onion, because it was too absurd to be true.

In a statement announcing the hire, Dolan said the Knicks still deny the sexual harassment allegations against Thomas, despite a jury finding him responsible.

That’s no surprise to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who writes that Thomas’ ultimate goal clearly is to return to his position as Knicks president, and calls Dolan “[Thomas’] meal ticket who believes in Thomas with more conviction than most 8-year-olds believe in Santa Claus.”

— Two Las Vegas residents filed a $5 million class-action lawsuit Tuesday accusing Manny Pacquiao and his camp of hiding his shoulder injury before his loss to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night.

According to the suit, Pacquiao and his backers admitted knowing of the fighter’s injury but did not disclose it to the Nevada Athletic Commission as required by law, keeping the information from fans who bought tickets, ordered a pay-per-view broadcast or bet on the bout.

“Defendants prior to and at the time the plaintiffs and the class decided to purchase tickets; purchase pay per view showings or wagered on the event the defendants knew and had full knowledge and information that defendant Pacquiao had been seriously injured and was suffering from a torn rotator cuff,” the lawsuit reads. “Defendants further know that such injury would severely affect his performance.”

The lawyer representing Top Rank, Pacquiao’s promotional company, said Pacquiao did in fact disclose his injury, was cleared by doctors before the fight, then re-injured the shoulder during the bout.

“The allegations in this lawsuit are demonstrably false,” attorney Daniel Petrocelli said. “There are documents that explicitly show the medications that Manny was using to treat his shoulder and it was fully disclosed with USADA, which we contracted for this fight.”

Added Petrocelli: This is a frivolous lawsuit and we are confident it will be dismissed.”

— Turner Sports broadcaster Ernie Johnson, best known as host of the network’s NBA coverage, won a Sports Emmy on Tuesday night for best studio host but gave the trophy to the daughters of the late Stuart Scott.

Scott, the popular ESPN anchor, died Jan. 4 at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.

“This belongs to Stuart Scott,” Johnson told Scott’s two children after calling them up to the stage. “This is your Emmy.”

Johnson, who overcame his own bout with cancer in 2006, won the Emmy for the third time.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On May 6, 2000, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 batters, but the Red Sox were blanked and dropped a 1-0 decision to which team?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I think we just needed a win. But a win like this was huge.” – Mookie Betts, after hitting two home runs to give the Red Sox a 2-0 victory over the Rays and end a four-game losing streak

STAT OF THE DAY: 21 – Consecutive games the Warriors had won at home before the Grizzlies posted a 97-90 victory in Tuesday’s Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Carlos Perez, making his major league debut, lines a walkoff home run in the ninth inning to lift the Angels over the Mariners.

Pirates infielders Neil Walker and Jordy Mercer combine on an impressive double play against the Reds.

Astros right fielder George Springer makes a nice running catch against the Rangers and holds on despite slamming into the wall.

Wizards guard Ramon Sessions gets a friendly bounce off the top edge of the backboard after being fouled against the Hawks.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Devils Rays, who got a three-hitter from Steve Trachsel

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Bob Seger was born on this day in 1945.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar