In this week’s episode, I tell a tale involving a bygone Great Adventure attraction called The Salty Dog. If you want corroborating evidence that this thing actually existed and was as evil as I depicted it, check out this Great Adventure fan page. Scroll down a bit to peep some details about The Salty Dog’s crimes. To wit:
Occasionally the jokes made at the expense of the audience resulted in somewhat disgruntled guests who would lay in wait outside the door to the theater looking to confront the performer. In cases like this, a security escort was sometimes required to insure the peace.
As for the game Josh and I discussed (game 5 of the 1999 ALDS between the Red Sox and Indians), this clip from MLB Network should give you an idea of the where Pedro Martinez stood in the context of his era, how amazing he was in 1999, and a how exactly he was able to gut out six hitless innings against one of the most potent offenses ever. Warning: Contains heavy Bob Costas content.
However, to get a sense of how ungodly Pedro pitched during the regular season, take a look at this collection of clips from a start he made at Yankee Stadium that summer. He allowed just one hit (a solo home run by Chili Davis) and struck out 17 Yankees. Watching this, you wonder how anyone could have hit him in 1999.
Believe it or not, you’ll also see (and hear) considerable cheering for Pedro from the stands. This appears to not come from Boston fans per se, but from a contingent of Dominican fans cheering on their countryman. During this time, you would have seen something similar when Sammy Sosa came to Shea Stadium with the Cubs. (The Mets even made the inadvisable move of honoring Sosa before one such game.) FYI: If you have MLB.TV for your iPad or whatever device, you can stream this whole amazing game. You’re welcome.
Here’s the Fox pregame show that aired before game 5, wherein Steve Lyons and Keith Olbermann debate the extent and nature of Pedro’s injury. Lyon’s “Psycho-Analysis” segment has not aged well.
Finally, here’s the last out and the postgame interviews. Troy O’Leary gets the mic first and even though he hit two homers and drove in 7 runs, it feels weird to not go to Pedro first. You will also see that the first dudes partying in the Red Sox locker room are Butch Huskey and Scott Hatteberg.