RED SOX NOTEBOOK
Martinez is hit with $50,000 fine
Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, called a "Fenway Punk" on the back page of one New York tabloid that, like many papers around the country, ran a photo of Martinez tossing Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer to the ground, was fined $50,000 yesterday by baseball disciplinarian Bob Watson. He also issued fines to three other uniformed personnel involved in Game 3's melees: Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez was fined $25,000, Yankees outfielder Karim Garcia $10,000, and Zimmer $5,000.
Watson, the vice president of on-field operations, did not announce the amounts of the fines -- another Major League Baseball executive, requesting anonymity, revealed them -- nor did he cite specific reasons for the fines.
Martinez threw a pitch in the fourth inning that hit Garcia in the shoulder, setting off a series of incidents that included Garcia taking out Sox second baseman Todd Walker with a hard, late slide that carried him past the second base bag and upended Walker. It culminated in Ramirez heading toward Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens, bat in hand, in the bottom of the fourth after taking exception to a high pitch. That's when both benches emptied, and the 72-year-old Zimmer charged Martinez, hands raised.
Zimmer tearfully apologized for his actions yesterday. Martinez insisted he did not throw at Garcia. "I'm trying to pitch," he said. "I'm only trying to get outs. I don't want trouble. I don't want to dig myself a bigger hole."
He also reiterated that he did not intend to harm Zimmer.
"I would never, ever, ever, ever, ever, regardless of what he said or what he did, raise my hand to him, regardless," Martinez said yesterday.
Martinez, asked if he were happy Zimmer apologized, said no.
"I wish no man would have to apologize," he said. "It's not a good feeling to have to apologize. I don't know if you realize this."
Martinez also explained his heated exchange with Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, claiming he was not threatening to throw at Posada's head. "[I was saying] I remember [as he pointed to his own head]. `I'll remember everything you say.' That's what I said to Posada. `I'll remember you. I remember what you're saying to me,' " Martinez said. Martinez said Posada was yelling at him in both English and Spanish and that the catcher "pretends to be friendly [to me] when things are normal."
Asked what Posada said to him, Martinez made it clear he was keeping the conversation to himself.
"I don't want to express all the bad words that he said. I'm not going to say it to you. I'm not going to say it to anybody. Not even him. I'm just going to leave it like that. If you want to know what he said, go ask him."
Red Sox manager Grady Little, who had said after Game 3 that the rivalry between the teams had been escalated from a "battle to a war," tempered those comments yesterday.
"I wasn't talking about a physical war, like we're fighting in Iraq," he said. "I'm talking about the competition between two good teams battling each other. It was a figure of speech. It's not like we're going to arm ourselves and get ready."
Walking in the rain
Little took a walk into the outfield with general manager Theo Epstein around 6:30 p.m., and quickly determined it would be next to impossible to play in such soggy conditions. "There was water with every step you took in the outfield," Little said. "The way our field drains, we knew it wasn't going to get much better." . . . Yankees manager Joe Torre said that even in the wake of the incidents in Game 3, he wasn't concerned about security at Fenway Park. He was a lot more concerned about what might happen to his players after the game. "Nothing happened," Torre said. "Nothing that I've heard. You know, I know that players and the staff usually frequent three or four restaurants in the area, and everything seemed to be fine. I don't think anybody had any bad incidents. I know several of our staff went to a restaurant, and there were Red Sox players and stuff, but nothing out of the ordinary." . . . Sox catcher Jason Varitek, on whether yesterday's rainout might help to ease the level of tension: "I'm just ready to play baseball and go ahead and compete against these guys. Period." Said Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler: "The more I think about it, the more I believe the script is already written and we're along for the ride." . . . Saturday's Game 3 produced a whopping 66 audience share, meaning two-thirds of the televisions "in use" in the Boston market were tuned to the game. The game did a 32.8 rating locally, nearly one-third of the region's TV sets tuned to the game. Nationally, the game produced a 10 rating and 21 audience share, a 72 percent increase over the comparable Saturday afternoon NLCS Game 3 a year ago between the Giants and Cardinals (5.8 rating, 12 share). The national numbers for the weekend's other Friday and Saturday games also showed jumps from 2002. Friday's NLCS Game 3 did an 11.7 rating (20 share), a 58 percent increase over the prior year's 7.4 rating (12 share) for Game 3 of the Twins-Angels. Saturday night's Cubs-Marlins Game 4 did a 9.6 rating (17 share), a 39 percent rise over last year's Yankees-Angels Game 4 (6.9 rating, 12 share).
Nick Cafardo, Jackie MacMullan, and Bill Griffith of the Globe staff also contributed.
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