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Pedro's value? He makes a difference

Originally Published: July 23, 2009
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

To my witness, there have been only two players who made The Earth Stand Still, which is to say they were able to shake a big league clubhouse out of a professional indifference.

The first was Barry Bonds, circa 2001-2005. When Bonds was in the lineup, the pregame blankness or postgame decompressions evaporated, and disinterested experts were transformed into eager first-year composition students, starry-eyed at a glimpse of Hemingway at work.

The other was Pedro Martinez, ...

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