Photos: Pedro Martinez Visits Furnace Brook Middle.

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez speaks to students during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez speaks to students during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez hugs a student during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez hugs a student during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez poses for a selfie with students during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez poses for a selfie with students during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez high fives students during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez high fives students during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez throws pitches with Marshfield Police Officers during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez throws pitches with Marshfield Police Officers during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez wears sunglasses as he dances during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez wears sunglasses as he dances during a visit to Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Tuesday, May 27, 2014 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

I had the opportunity to ride along with three-time Cy Young award winner and Boston Red Sox all-time great, Pedro Martinez, yesterday as he visited Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts. 

Unlike last year’s visit to Furnace Brook when we blew a tire on the side of the highway with then Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia on board, this year’s ride was smooth. The event itself was just as fun as it was last year. 

Pedro is a great subject for photos, but also a very genuine person. He was totally willing with his time and insistent on meeting as many of the students as he possibly could. 

Photos: Red Sox Catcher Saltalamacchia Visits Furnace Brook Middle.

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia laughs as he gets into a second vehicle after the first was forced to pull over due to a flat tire on Route 3 in Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia laughs as he gets into a second vehicle after the first was forced to pull over due to a flat tire on Route 3 in Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia speaks to students at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia speaks to students at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia poses for a photograph with students at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia poses for a photograph with students at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Students listen as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia speaks at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Students listen as Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia speaks at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

"Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia poses for a photograph with students at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care."

“Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia poses for a photograph with students at Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, Massachusetts Thursday, June 6, 2013 as part of the Rally Against Cancer Program, a collaborative effort between the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund to raise money for cancer research and care.”

You may notice that the first photo above isn’t quite like the others. That’s because on our way to Furnace Brook Middle School today for a visit with Boston Red Sox catcher, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, the SUV we were being driven in caught a flat tire and we were forced to pull over on the side of Route 3 near Marshfield, MA.

Salty was really cool about the delay, and we all sat in the car listening to country music for about fifteen minutes until a backup car showed up. I snapped a few quick photos as we changed cars on the side of the highway, and we moved on.

The event itself went fine. Our flat tire fiasco combined with a gym full of screaming middle schoolers made for an interesting morning. Never a dull moment.