“You gotta stop playing shortstop right now, though. Stay as a pitcher and keep working hard because your skills are exceptional.” Right then, Pedro pulls me aside and says to me, “If you stay humble and work hard, you can go far in this game as a pitcher.”
It was the advice that changed Carlos Martínez’s life.
Most Cardinals fans know a little bit of the story that brought Carlos Martínez to pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a former shortstop, converted to a pitcher, who was originally signed by the Red Sox organization, but through fate and some Visa trouble, ended up with the Cardinals. From there he rose through the ranks, earning praise and generating excitement as he went. “Little Pedro” he was called. As he thrived in the minors, the reason behind the nickname became increasingly apparent. The kid had it.
But there is far more to that story.
I have no mom. I have no dad. I have no record that I exist. I’m no one. What am I even doing here in this world?
It is a story of hard work, perseverance, determination, and faith. It is heart-breaking at times, inspiring at others, but that is how the story went for Carlos Martínez.
But it all turned out alright.
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