Cock Fight: Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal Throw a Couple of Chickens into the Ring

Mark Graham

This possible new sports uproar involves two pitching legends, a couple of chickens, and a perfectly legal event. Not that something being legal has ever stopped the whack jobs with PETA.

For those who don't know of what I'm speaking, there was, briefly, a video posted on YouTube of New York Met pitcher Pedro Martinez and Hall of Fame Pitcher Juan Marichal participating in a cockfight. They were celebrity soltadores who placed the chickens into the ring.

Now, before you go getting your panties in a wad and trying to turn this into a Michael Vick thing, there's just a few matters which must also be stated. This occurred in the Dominican Republic, where Martinez and Marichal live. Cockfighting is legal there, and it is quite a popular spectator sport. The event took place in an arena, out in the open, before the public.

I'm sure there's going to be a great big gigantic PETA uproar similar to what happened with Michael Vick. But remember, this was a legal event, whereas Vick was engaged in an illegal act. So while some might not like it, there's nothing they can do about it. There's not even any reason for MLB to suspend Martinez since he's not broken any laws or violated any baseball rules.

Yeah, they can protest and call Pedro an animal killer. They'll continue to ignore Ray Lewis, but I'm sure they'll do everything possible to demonize Pedro Martinez. But I just don't think Pedro cares. And since I plan on having chicken for dinner tonight, I don't care either. And for those who are going to go after Pedro Martinez, I've got just a request: Either do something important like trying to get Ray Lewis put in jail, or shut up and find something else to do with your life. – John Royal


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