I think Pedro will be cheered...
- He's coming back into town talking all nicey nice, saying how much he loved the fans here and such, even though his favorite hobby when he was here was picking out the one booing fan out of 37,000 and claiming that was how everyone felt about him
- As others pointed out, he's not on the Yankees.
- For 3-4 years, he was best pitcher we ever saw here in Boston. Even better than Roger when he was here.
- To the guy who asked about his arm falling off, I admit, I underestimated how healthy and effective he'd be at this point, but like Clemens he needed a change of scenery to light the spark... he was on cruise control his last year here looking for little stupid things to fire him up.
- If there's any reason to boo it is how he handled contract negotiations... everyone likes to talk about how the Sox could have signed him for 3 years and $40M before the 2004 season, but that is a load of crap - he was NOT going to take a "pay cut" to stay. It would have cost the Sox 3 years and $55M to keep him before he went to free agency. After that, he played the "respect" card out of town.
The bottom line is that the the fans will cheer and not boo because most didn't want to pay him huge bucks to stay. We enjoyed his best and thought his best was behind him. We didn't think he'd be healthy for 3-4 years and the one image that will permanently stick in my head is the image of Pedro coming out of the bullpen late in Game 7 of the 2004 ALCS in Yankee stadium with a 5 run lead and me wishing that anyone other than him was about to take the mound because I thought he was going to blow it (with those damn "Who's your daddy" chants in the background).
"The government cannot give to anyone anything that it does not first take from someone else"