RE: Pedro Martinez
A polarizing player. One of my favorite pitchers to watch growing up. Loved him for the Expos and Red Sox, but especially the Expos. Was a good pitcher in Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball for SNES. Owned him in many fantasy leagues. Even drafted him last year hoping for a renaissance. Didn't happen, but that's ok. I think his years on the Mets are kind of like straight-to-video Disney sequels*. Painful, but ultimately forgettable and able to be brushed aside.**
Pedro is shown here in a tribute to 1991 Upper Deck. It a Reader Request by Schruender of the excellent Hot Stove Fantasy Baseball Blog. His blog has quickly become a daily visit of mine. If you enjoy fantasy baseball, I highly recommend it. He's counting down the 158 best players in fantasy baseball, in order. His analysis is solid and as of this post he's on #89, Daisuke Matsuzaka.***
It was a fun card to make because I needed to find Pedro pointing to the sky, in Fenway, after a complete game (Schruender's request). Searching the web, I found about five or six pictures to choose from, and this was my favorite. I went with a horizontal card despite the fact that 1991 Upper Deck made the goofiest horizontal cards I have ever seen. They inexplicably just rotated the photo and left all the text and card design the same as a vertical card. So it looks almost like a mistake. Either way, I just thought that a horizontal crop of this photo looked much better than a vertical one. So that was the route I took.
Hope you enjoy the tribute card!
* I'm not sure who did it, or where I saw it, but several years ago I also saw a children's book called "Rudolf Rides Again." Again, utterly forgettable
** Much like the Met seasons of another childhood favorite, Roberto Alomar
*** Schruender, if you're reading this, I hope you plan to keep writing once the season starts