Ready to let bygones be bygones

Originally Published: April 18, 2006
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

MIAMI -- Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen doesn't hold a grudge against fellow Dominican Pedro Martinez. In fact, he would be willing to sit down with the Mets pitcher and resolve their differences.

"I have no hard feelings with anybody, no hard feelings against Pedro," Guillen told ESPNdeportes.com. "I am simply a ballplayer that doesn't get intimidated by anybody, and I felt it was time to stop a situation that was affecting me."

In Martinez's first start of the season (April 6 at Shea Stadium), he beaned three Nationals players, including Guillen twice.

After Guillen was hit for a second time, he pointed his bat toward Martinez, who kept staring at him without blinking. But Guillen didn't charge the mound because umpire Ted Barrett and Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca were able to corral him.

Guillen, who has been hit by Martinez five times in his career, suggested after the game that he would respond the next week when the Mets visited Washington.

Major League Baseball punished various members of both teams for their roles in the original incident and warned that the sanctions would be more serious if there were more incidents in the next series.

Martinez pitched seven innings and did not hit any batters April 12 against the Nats as he notched his second victory of the season.

"I know Pedro will not change his pitching style, and I will not change my batting style, either," Guillen said. "As Pedro said, if something has to happen, it will happen.

I had a good friendship with Pedro, but now we are on different sides trying to do our job. My job is to help my team and not get intimidated by opposing pitchers."

Guillen wants to put the incident behind them, and wishes Pedro well the rest of the season.

"Everything is in the past as the Latins and Dominicans that we are," Guillen said. "Pedro and I are both recovering from injuries, and all we want to do is get back on the field and do our job.

"If I have to talk to Pedro in order to leave all this behind us, I will do it, but we have to remember that we are both grown men and there is no need for us to embarrass ourselves. He is trying to make pitches, and I am trying to hit the ball."

Guillen (strained left oblique muscle) added that it was probable he could return Tuesday in Philadelphia; he missed the three-game series against the Marlins in Miami.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.