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A declaration of open season on complaining

Page 2 of 2 -- Calm down, people. First of all, Pedro certainly will entertain an offer if the Sox play his tune between now and October. And the Sox still can negotiate with him exclusively for a short window after the World Series. We know that Nomar Garciaparra, Lowe, Varitek, and Ortiz are in the same contract boat with Pedro. The Sox are risking losing all of them. Pedro is no different in that regard.

What makes him different is that he is selfish enough to talk about this at a time when the rest of his teammates seem committed to winning games and dealing with 2005 after this season. Since the season started, we haven't heard any "where's mine?" commentary from the other four star players. Just Pedro -- who hasn't otherwise commented about anything since the end of spring training.

There are fans out there who love Pedro unconditionally. His Sox record of 104-29 (before last night) has earned him immunity from criticism with some. They protect him like he's a member of the family because he has been a wonderful pitcher for so many years. Nothing he says or does ever will bother them.

If you feel that way, good for you.

Not me. The Dominican Diva's diatribe is offensive on every level. He's calling the owners liars -- a pretty strong attack on people who are paying him $17.5 million, more than any other pitcher in the history of baseball. He's raising the issue of his own status at a time when teammates in the same situation have remained quiet. He's claiming some of those teammates have not been made offers -- a charge management disputes. Pedro talking about other teammates' negotiations is like Schilling talking about steroid testing.

Mostly, it's just tiresome. Pedro's persecution complex rears its head once again. At a time when everything was going so well.

The front office and fans in our town have done nothing but kiss his forehead for six-plus seasons here, but it's never enough for Pedro. One fan boos him, he thinks he's getting the Sidney Wicks-Tony Eason treatment. One columnist makes a sarcastic remark, he stops talking to everyone in the media. He doesn't get a contract extension when four of his teammates are in the same boat, his owners are liars. This is Pedro's world, and given all the things that are happening in the real world, it's silly and offensive.

May Day. At a moment when the Sox look better than ever, Pedro is bitching about how he's being treated. The Red Sox season has officially begun.

Dan Shaughnessy is a Globe columnist. His e-mail address is dshaughnessy@globe.com. 

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