Why Pedro Martinez believes Tom Brady could have saved Expos

The Montreal Expos may still exist if Tom Brady had made a different career choice. Pedro Martinez, Hall of Fame pitcher, says so.

“He chose football, and I was on that team,” Martinez told The Dan Le Batard Show. We drafted him, and he chose football. But what if Brady was a pitcher and had that same hose he had with the football and pitching and was as good? Think about it.”

First, the Expos moved to DC in 2005. It was a long time coming when the franchises' financial limitations forced the other 29 clubs to buy it in 2002.

Before the transfer, the team drafted a young Brady from Junipero Serra in San Mateo, California, in the 18th round in 1995. Football was his career, but he was also a brilliant baseball player.

Back in January 2019, scout John Hughes told The Hartford Courant that Brady, then a catcher, might have been a late second-round pick based on talent alone. Hughes also thought the seven-time Super Bowl champion would have made it big.

Unfortunately, he had a Michigan football scholarship. Despite his success in college football, Brady's scouting reports called him “tall” and “good-looking,” and his baseball prospects were still questioned.

Would that have salvaged a franchise? “I would be an Expo right now, and we wouldn’t have left Montreal,” Martinez said.

Martinez was asked how the two candidate battery mates would have matched. Perfect games? No batters? Sure.

“As smart as he is, I wouldn’t second-guess anything,” Martinez said. Strangely, he threw out the first pitch at Fenway Park while we were doing stuff.

Tom was grabbing the bat when I came to the batting cage. ‘Tom, you wanna hit some?’ He looked like he could hit and had good pop.

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