Pedro has brought joy to Red Sox fans since the day he arrived in Boston. He's always been about entertainment, even when he wasn't on the mound.
Anyone who has seen him interact in and around the fans knows he understands how much the fans mean to the game. His performance in the 1998 playoffs, the 1999 All Star Game, and his war of words over the years with the Yankees (drill The Babe, who is Karim Garcia, call them my Daddy); they all share his awareness of entertaining the fans.
So it was only right that in the midst of the tit for tat between billionaire owners and millionaire players squabbling over money while the country burns Pedro decided to speak up. On NBC Sports Network's "Lunch Talk Live" with Mile Tirico he gave the Owners and Players a message:
"I'm hoping that both sides actually stop thinking about their own good and start thinking about the fans. I think this is a perfect time to have their baseball teams out there and try to have the people forget a little bit about what's going on. It's not only the pandemic, it's everything that's going on. People need something to actually do and find a way to relax. I hope that the Players' Association and MLB realize how important it is to bring some sort of relief to people."
Pedro also talked about the dark and dirtiness of the business side of the game, and how his family is trying to help his native Dominican Republic during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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