D.R., Venezuela feeling WBC heat
March, 6, 2006
Melvin Mora took so much battering from the Venezuelan media for pulling out of the World Baseball Classic that Magglio Ordonez was afraid to not play. Now even Pedro Martinez is taking heat in the Dominican Republic, and he can't even throw batting practice. "Someone wrote, 'How could someone from Montaguayabo forget his country because of a toe?'" says Manny Acta, manager of the Dominican team and a Mets coach. "There is a lot of pressure on these players. People care that much. No one wanted to play in this tournament more than Pedro. No one cares about his country more than he does. But he cannot pitch right now."