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Pedro's hard work leads to Labor Day success

Originally Published: September 3, 2007
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

CINCINNATI -- When Pedro Martinez walked to the mound for the first time in nearly a year Monday, he returned under his terms. From the moment he realized last year that his arm might never allow him the beauty of what it once accomplished all those majestic years, Martinez decided he would not leave the game as he did last September: a broken-down, aged pitcher.

So on an 88-degree day -- much like one from his home country, the Dominican Republic -- the three-time Cy Young ...

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