July 28 was already going to be a special day at Fenway Park. Fans in attendance were scheduled to receive a commemorative Pedro Martinez Hall of Fame plaque, just two days after Martinez is to be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The day will now be more special as the Red Sox have announced they will retire Martinez’s No. 45 in a pregame ceremony.
The current average price of Red Sox vs White Sox tickets is $93.19 with a get-in price of $18. As of the announcement, the Tuesday night game is the least expensive of the three-game series against Chicago. The $18 get-in price, however, is the most expensive of the three games. It is likely that will continue to go up in the coming days.
Martinez will be the eighth Red Sox player to have his number retired. The others are Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Johnny Pesky (6), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), Jim Rice (14) and Carlton Fisk (27). Those are in addition to Jackie Robinson’s No. 42, which is retired throughout baseball.
Seven of Martinez’s 18 seasons were spent in Boston, which includes a World Series title in 2004. Martinez was 117-37 during his time with the Red Sox with a 2.52 ERA, 190 ERA+, 10.9 strikeouts per nine innings and 5.45 strikeouts per walk. Martinez won two Cy Young Awards in his time with Boston, as well as one during the 1997 season with the Montreal Expos. Martinez also had two top-five AL MVP finishes, second in 1999 and fifth in 2000.