Martínez was a focal point of the 1999 playoffs against the Cleveland Indians . Starting the series opener, he was forced out of the game after 4 shutout innings due to a strained back with the Red Sox up 2–0. The Red Sox , however, lost the game 3–2. Boston won the next two games to tie the series, but Martínez was still too injured to start the fifth and final game. However, neither team's starters were effective, and the game became a slugfest, tied at 8–8 at the end of 3 innings. Martínez entered the game as an emergency relief option. Unexpectedly, Martínez neutralized the Cleveland lineup with six no-hit innings for the win. He struck out eight and walked three, despite not being able to throw either his fastball or changeup with any command. Relying totally on his curve, Martínez and the Red Sox won the deciding game 12–8.
Interesting topic and conversations. I’m from generation X and like many (maybe all?) millennials, my peers and I resented being called “slacker,” “lazy,” “entitled,” etc., so please, get over yourselves. And Gen-X received its share of participation trophies – the difference is many of us (., me) didn’t keep them because they weren’t legitimate. So it’s probably no surprise I disagree with the author when he says millennials have been in a competitive cage match their entire lives. Whatever cage match or fights you perceive – they’re all (okay, not all – but mostly) imagined. Their illusory. You (and “you” is a general “you” and not the author specifically, because I don’t know him, or any of the others posting here – just keep that in mind for the remainder of my comments) – You don’t accept loss because you never learned how to lose and do it graciously – to congratulate your opponent on the field – shake hands and sincerely say “good game” when you’re really pissed that an umpire or referee made a bad call and everyone knows it. You never learned to accept the cards you were dealt and play that hand until you get a better hand (life is a lot like an endless card game and choices we make affect the hand we have after the cards are dealt – choose wisely). You weren’t taught introspection – to really look inward and give yourself an honest evaluation. Not everything you do is awesome or blue-ribbon worthy — some of it is utter crap, and that’s okay because NOBODY is awesome all the time and everybody does crappy stuff – it’s kinda part of the human condition. You weren’t taught humility – to be a gracious winner on those occasions when you DO win. You weren’t taught (or required) to have integrity; excuse-making is second-nature to pretty much everybody – but integrity – that is in short-supply and you should cling to it for dear life.
Which made Canseco’s second benefactor — Mike Wallace — all the more important. John Hamlin, a producer at 60 Minutes , had gotten a tip about Canseco’s book from a friend at another network. (The friend couldn’t act on it because his employer was a Major League Baseball rights holder.) Hamlin began calling baseball people and confirming the details. Almost no one would talk on the record, but they suggested that Canseco’s account was true. One of the few allegations Hamlin couldn’t verify was Canseco’s insistence that Roger Clemens was juicing.