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June 17, 2005
So now this season I have witnessed the Batters eye getting stuck and the infield sprinklers going off in the middle of the game. And, of course, Pedro is there to turn the folly of these moments into comedy at its finest.

In case anyone missed it, it's the top of the 1st, 2 out, bases empty, Luis Gonzalez batting for the DBacks. He fouls one onto the screen on 1-2. Suddenly, the sprinklers go off in the infield. Gonzalez, Piazza and the umpire run off. Pedro, of course, is just standing in the middle of the field, strolling around as he is getting soaked, laughing, taking his hat off and sticking his head in the water, and generally enjoying the moment.

Finally, the sprinklers are turned off (the official scoring has this as "two minute delay for whatever"), Piazza comes and towels Pedro off, Pedro resumes his spot on the mound and fires 8 strong at Arizona. Tony Clark's home run in the 2nd was the only real blemish. He even chipped in with a 10 foot single in the 6th inning to extend a rally. When the batboy ran out to bring him his jacket at 1st base, Pedro emphatically waved him off and pointed to the fans.

This was also the game where Cameron made his now-famous "accidental" catch. In the 6th, Jose Cruz, Jr. hit a sinking line drive to Right. Cameron ranged back, realized he turned the wrong way, and turned around again, only he slipped and fell. Then, of course, he stuck his glove out, and plop! The ball lands right in the glove. The entire stadium went nuts. That had to have been the longest standing ovation for a fielding play I had seen since Ordonez's "from the knees" play in 1996. And the whole time, Cameron had this sheepish, "aww, shucks" look on his face.

Pedro finished out the 8th, left with 9 Ks, his first hit since 1997 and an unexpected shower. And another winning effort. Never a dull moment with Pedro, is there?

July 4, 2005
Two of my friends and I did not get to our seats until just as Carlos Beltran tied the game with his solo homer in the fourth so we missed the sprinklers going off. Still an awesome game. Along with another good effort, Pedro Martinez got his first hit since 1997.

Ken Akerman
April 28, 2006
While driving home from work, I turned on my car radio to listen to this game on Phoenix radio station KTAR as the sprinklers were going off around Pedro Martinez.

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