Pedro still has Boston in his blood

Even wearing Philly Red, Pedro Martinez is thinking about Red Sox fans. When addressing the media Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, preparing to pitch Game 6 of the World Series on Wednesday against Andy Pettitte and the Yankees, Pedro said he still considers himself a Bostonian and has a special place in his heart for Sox fans.

Here are some of his comments:

On why so many Red Sox fans are rooting for the Phillies in the World Series: "I know they don't like the Yankees to win, not even in Nintendo games."

On his relationship with Sox fans: "I'm pretty sure that every Boston fan out there can feel proud that I'm going to try and beat the Yankees and I'm going to give just the same effort I always did for them. They're special fans and they will always have my respect."

On former Red Sox teammate and current Yankee Johnny Damon: "He's a tough out and he's going to give you a battle and he's not going to get unraveled for anything. He's always going to make it fun. J.D. is just a special human being and special player. I'm glad he's doing well, too. That's one of the guys I will always root for."

On how he expects to be remembered: "I'm pretty sure my name will be mentioned. I don't know in which way. But maybe after I retire, because normally when you die, people tend to actually give you props about the good things. But that's after you die. So I'm hoping to get it before I die. I don't want to die and hear everybody say, 'Oh, there goes one of the best players ever.' If you're going to give me props, just give them to me right now."