Former Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez thinks youth could be served during Tuesday’s American League Wild Card Game.
Martinez is now a studio analyst for TBS, which is broadcasting the American League playoffs. During a conference call Monday, Martinez had praise for the Royals.
“I think Kansas City has as good of a chance as anybody because of the energy the kids bring. ….Believe it or not, it’s all about momentum, and Kansas City has that right now. If I was Kansas City, I would try to maintain my focus, keep the momentum going and use the energy that those young guys have.
“That’s what they bring to the table — a lot of energy, nothing to lose and a lot to gain by being there. This is a team you go out there relaxed against, thinking these kids are not going to be a big deal and then, before you know it, they’ve got you in the hole.”
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Gary Sheffield, who played for eight teams in a 22-year career and is now a TBS analyst, said the Royals’ young players could thrive on making the playoffs for the first time.
“One thing that makes Kansas City so dangerous is they have a bunch of young players that are riding a high right now,” Sheffield said in the conference call. “They’re confidence level is going to go sky high. They’re not thinking about the pressure of the playoffs; they’re just thinking about being relevant in Major League Baseball. Now they are a relevant team. When they get into postseason play, they are just going to play free.”
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