For the uninitiated, Karim Garcua is actually Karim García, who played for half the teams in the majors, finished with a .274 career on-base percentage, and could hit a baseball a long ways on those rare occasions when he connected. In the 2003 American League Championship Series, Red Sox vs. Yankees, Martínez threw at García's head but missed. A bit later, Roger Clemens threw at Manny Ramírez's head but missed. The benches cleared with that one, and Martínez threw 72-year-old Don Zimmer to the ground. Yeah. Good times, good times...

Anyway, Martínez's admission that the great majority of his plunkings were intentional isn't exactly a revelation. In 2000, Martínez walked only 32 batters ... and hit 14. In 2002, he walked only 40 batters ... and hit 15. It had to be enormously frustrating to get nailed by Pedro Martínez, especially during his prime years, because you just couldn't figure the pitch "got away from him." The great majority of the time, umpires had good cause to eject Martínez from the game when he hit somebody, and maybe they should have.