Aug. 24, 1998

Pedro Martinez angered a fair number of opposing ballplayers over the course of his Hall of Fame career. Most of those foes let their frustrations come to a boil. But a large number were poised to exchange punches, usually after being plunked with a Martinez fastball.

Count MInnesota Twins outfielder Matt Lawton among the latter.

Lawton took a fastball off the knee and made his way to the mound to have a heart-to-heart tussle. The benches emptied, the bullpens emptied, and a platoon of Red Sox players formed a little circle around Martinez.

They were not going to let the Twins harm their teammate, friend and main reason that Boston had a shot at making a postseason run.

When the nonsense was finished Martinez went about finishing up his shift for the day. The Ace worked six innings, allowed four hits and zero runs in a 5-1 win, lifting his record to 17-4.

Red Sox manager Jimy WIlliams’ reaction, per the Boston Globe:

“We really haven’t had many confrontations since I’ve been here,” Williams said. “We had one today, and we move on.”

That sounds a bit Belichikian.

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