Pedro Martinez: Phillies battled swine flu during 2009 World Series loss to Yankees

first_img“I had a little bit of an asthma attack in the middle of the game and I was having a hard time breathing,” Martinez said. “I was really sick. In any other situation, I wouldn’t be out there. But the team needed me. I held on as long as I could and I did that. I was really proud to have my last game with the Phillies at Yankee Stadium.”Kudos to Martinez for sharing the unusual behind-the-scenes story, and for not using it as an excuse to boast about what might have been. Even if they had been at full strength, the Phillies were facing one of the best Yankees teams ever, loaded with past and present All-Stars like Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, etc. History shows that the Yankees defeated the Phillies in six games to win the 2009 World Series.What history hasn’t shown, until now at least, is that the Phillies were battling an outbreak of the swine flu that struck the team during the series. That’s according to Pedro Martinez, who finished up a Hall of Fame career pitching for Philadelphia in 2009.Why wait until now to bring this story to light? Martinez had the opportunity Sunday talking to reporters after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch against the White Sox to celebrate the 10th anniversary of that team.Martinez said “most” of the team became sick during that series.“It wasn’t told, but most of us were sick,” Martinez said (via the Philadelphia Inquirer). “Some of the guys had swine flu and had to be kept away. I caught some of the virus. We would just never say it. When I got home, I realized that I was really sick.”Martinez, who turned 38 three days before that series started, lost two games. He was respectable in Game 2, giving up three runs in six innings while striking out eight but he said he fell ill during Game 6 and gave up four runs in four innings.last_img read more

Watch kid juggle a football blindfolded – while doing the skip rope!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@k.s.k55)Advertisement zwaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs837xg4Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Em8yfu3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) lxoWould you ever consider trying this?😱7wuftsqCan your students do this? 🌚2pxp7Roller skating! Powered by Firework From doing the iconic Shane Warne like spin bowling to free kicks like the legendary Lionel Messi, talented young kids never fail to amaze the netizens. However, juggling a football and performing skipping ropes- and doing both of them at the same time while being blindfolded? That sounds like something out of a movie! Well, a young kid has done all three, and is taking the internet football fandom all over the world by storm!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@k.s.k55)“Tag a friend who can do this!” a 24 second clip was uploaded to Twitter via the official Twitter handle of Asian Football Confederation on Wednesday. The clip, which shows the young boy with his unbelievable blindfold performance, has got 3.5k views. Check it out below-Advertisement The clip is actually from an Instagram account of @k.s.k55, a Japanese citizen who is a father of two kids, who are 12 and 10 years old and are U12 and U10 players of the Hyogo Football Association. The kid, named Nishinomiya, performed the challenge named ‘Messi Challenge’, and was able to do it 31 times!There are many other videos of the two kids performing amazing skill and juggles with the ball, and even some on-field action.However, seeing talented kinds on the internet aren’t the only football action the fans would have to resort to anymore. Following more than two months of the suspension amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic, the beautiful game is slowly returning to action in this month and the next one.The Bundesliga is the first major European football league to resume their current season, with behind closed doors matches starting from 16th May.The English Premier League has also received green light from the UK Government, with a possinble resumption of the ongoing season from the first day of June. A number of La Liga clubs have also resumed their training last week, with a possible return of Spanish top flight football soon.However, Ligue 1 and the Dutch Eredivise had cancelled their current season, with declaring their winners.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Former Indian coach Greg Chappell claims this Indian legend is the ‘most powerful batsman’ he’s seenRead which cricketer is the ‘front runner’ for Arjuna Award 2020 Advertisementlast_img read more