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July 8, 1998

In his first Red Sox season, Pedro Martinez needed little time to establish his bona fides as The Ace. He went into the All Star Game with a record of 11-2, an ERA of 2.87 and the swagger of a man who knows he’s the best pitcher in the big-leagues.

Martinez also showed a penchant for not always handling disappointment well.

He was justified in expecting to start for the American League, but manager Mike Hargrove thought otherwise. 

Martinez told Hargrove that if he didn’t need him would appreciate the night off. Hargrove told reporters that Martinez had a knot in his shoulder.

David Wells started for the AL and got the win in a 13-8 slugfest at Coors Field, the reigning home run capital of the world.

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