Straight up fact: Dan Duquette is the man who bamboozled both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Montreal Expos in the name of acquiring Pedro Martinez.
True Story: Red Sox fans can thank Jody Reed for Pedro Martinez. When Reed opted not to accept a three year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers during the off season before the 1994 season, the Dodgers were in need of a second baseman. The Expos traded Pedro to the Montreal Expos for Delina DeShields as a result. A few years, and his first Cy Young Award later, Duquette acquired Pedro for Red Sox greats Carl Pavano and Tony Armas Jr. The rest, as they say, is history.
Duquette is credited with building up the Expos and Red Sox farm systems, and his fingerprints are all over the 2004 World Series Championship team. Since joining the Baltimore Orioles, he has tweaked the roster and turned the team around is dramatic fashion. They have reached the postseason twice since Duquette joined the organization, after a 13 year hiatus.
The Red Sox are at the top of the AL East and the O's are at the bottom, though the season is only a tenth of a way through the season. The teams split a 4 game set last weekend, which is a minor miracle for the Red Sox considering their recent history against Baltimore. Dating back to the crushing Game 162 defeat of the Red Sox to end the (collapsing) 2011 playoff hopes of the Red Sox, the O's are 37-23 since in regular season games versus Boston. This is a stark contrast to the previous decade plus. From 1997 until 2011, the Red Sox had a commanding dominance over the O's, winning 153 games out of 250 contests.
So where does that leave us today? Rick Porcello takes on the O's for the second time this week, after being knocked around by them earlier in the week. The hope here is he shakes off the bad start and ignores the reality that the O's seemingly have the Red Sox number right now. There's no time like the present to turn things around!