Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez made a promotional appearance in New York Thursday and said the Phillies and several other teams recently tried to lure him out of retirement, but he's going to continue to spend time with his family instead — at least for now. And in comments that should sound familiar to Boston fans, Pedro criticized the Mets for not re-signing him after the 2008 season. "They didn't pull me back," Martinez said. "They left me hanging after I let go of so many teams. It's business. I know that baseball has a bad side.

With Patriots offensive lineman Logan Mankins anchored at home in a contract holdout, he joins a long list of Boston athletes who have taken a similarly drastic negotiating approach. We count down the 10 most significant holdouts in Boston sports history at the LEEInks blog.

Alex Rodriguez finally hit his 600th home run Wednesday, but he's still getting plenty of flak, with one national columnist calling it a "hollow milestone" and another writing that only 444 of the home runs should count. Baseball legend Willie Mays offered his congratulations and support and refused to discuss A-Rod's use of performance-enhancing drugs. Meanwhile, the Yankee Stadium security guard who retrieved the ball is getting his 15 minutes of fame for turning in the ball instead of trying to capitlize on it financially.

It's the year of the baseball injury, with the Red Sox having another key player get hurt seemingly every week and the rest of the league dealing with bizarre situations — such as players injured while sneezing or celebrating or wrestling with a coach. So, we took a look through the archives to find the strangest injuries in Boston sports history. We found plenty. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Alex Rodriguez remained stuck on 599 home runs for the 12th consecutive game, the Yankees dropped out of first place, but the big news out of New York Tuesday was that A-Rod missed the team photo. The slugger needed a team representative to stand in, with Rodriguez' face to be digitally inserted later. Also, Sports Illustrated's Peter King introduces a scenario in which Brett Favre could return to the Vikings in October, the Dodgers take some heat from a Los Angeles columnist for enabling Manny Ramirez, and the White Sox get some grief for failing to support manager Ozzie Guillen.

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Former teammates of LaDanian Tomlinson took some shots at the running back as he begins his stint with the Jets. Chargers players implied that Tomlinson had trouble handling his diminished role with San Diego last season. "Sometimes you would get the sense that people felt bigger than the team," tight end Antonio Gates said said. Tomlinson did not return the fire.

 

Last week we gave you the most memorable villains in Boston sports history. This week we offer the most hated teams in Boston sports history. Sure, the Yankees and Lakers have plenty of candidates, but there are many others. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

Ben Roethlisberger said he was "scared" anticipating the fan reaction to his first appearance at Steelers training camp, but teammate Hines Ward promised the quarterback, "We've got your back no matter what." No need, as the fans cheered the controversial player's appearance over the weekend. Read more about that, plus check out video of NBA star Tyreke Evans' 120 mph highway race and subsequent arrest, along with other stories, videos, trivia and more, at Monday's Morning Mashup.