Our Favorite Pedro Martinez as a Phillie Moment

Our Favorite Pedro Martinez as a Phillie Moment

Pedro Martinez told reporters over the weekend that he'll be making his retirement from baseball official in the coming weeks. He last pitched in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series while wearing a Philadelphia Phillies uniform.

While Pedro's time in Philly was short, it was not without it's fantastic moments. I attended Game 2 of the 2009 World Series in which Pedro started and heard the loud "Who's Your Daddy!" chants throughout Yankee Stadium, but my fondest memory of Pedro was when Charlie Manuel walked out to the mound in the eighth inning in a September 2009 game against the Mets. It was perhaps the final true gem in a Hall of Fame career.

Here's part of what we wrote that night:

The old goat still has some fight left in him, that's for sure. Pedro Martinez pitched eight shutout innings, throwing a hefty 130 pitches en route to a 1-0 Phillies win. Martinez's pitch count was climbing after the seventh and most thought his night was over at that point. Pedro came back out for the eighth and was still throwing heat. After allowing a double to Daniel Murphy, Uncle Cholly trotted out to the mound, seemingly putting an end to Pedro's day. But after a brief chat with Martinez, Manuel headed back to the dugout to an eruption of cheers from the Citizens Bank Park faithful. Just three pitches later, Daniel Murphy made a base running blunder and Chooch nailed him at third. CBP was electric.

Those "Pay-dro! Pay-dro!" chants were something special.

Then, of course, was the time we got to sit down and chat with Martinez for a good 15+ minutes the following summer. By far the most fun we've ever had interviewing any athlete.

From the Archives:

Pedro Martinez is enjoying life, loves fishing: our chat with Pedro

Pedro Martinez Talks Snowmobiles, Charlie Manuel, and How He Misses the Phillies

Pedro Martinez is your game three starter [in which Petey gave his fantastic snow mobile quote]

Big League Stew has a nice list of 10 Memorable Moments from Pedro Martinez's career.

Petey will be missed. But we're sure he's having fun somewhere. Probably on a fishing boat.

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- With Joel Embiid's excitement to be on the court following two years of injuries comes the reality of his lengthy setback.

Embiid is participating in his first NBA training camp this week. While he has impressed with his natural abilities and improved skills, Embiid is facing challenges as he gets accustomed to the league.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball or shooting," Embiid said after practice Wednesday. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game."

Embiid has yet to play since being drafted in 2014. For the past two years he has worked out individually and in controlled settings. Practices, even in training camp, are different. 

"You see all the time when you realize he hasn't played basketball for a long time," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "He's trying to gather his feet and find his balance, he's trying to figure out stuff in real time speed on defensive assignments and rotations."

On Wednesday, Embiid went through practice without any minute restrictions and was feeling healthier from the cold and virus he had been battling (see story). Teammates have praised his physical presence and eagerness to compete. He makes an impact with his 7-foot-2 presence alone, but there is more he wants to improve. 

Embiid is adjusting to the speed of the game. He has been facing challenges with getting the ball in the post and spoke to the coaches about his frustrations. The staff explained they are focusing on pick-and-roll defense and getting out to run during training camp, but he will get that desired location in game situations. 

“You continue to see the size of Joel Embiid,” Brown said. “He's a big man and he's got a mindset to back up his physical gifts. He really wants the ball. He wants to get deep catches. He wants to dunk on people.”

Embiid always has been realistic about his transition to his rookie season. He has pointed out many times that he is a fast learner, and is anxious to soak up new knowledge and apply it to the court.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "But like I've said, you've got to trust the process, which I've been doing."

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P