Pedro Martinez Says He and Red Sox Teammates Are 'Here to Be Uncles' to Tim Wakefield's Kids (Exclusive)

Members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Series championship team reunited at Fenway Park on April 9 to celebrate and honor the late Tim and Stacy Wakefield

<p>Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty</p> Pedro Martinez and Tim Wakefield on Oct. 23, 2018

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Pedro Martinez and Tim Wakefield on Oct. 23, 2018

Pedro Martinez and his former Boston Red Sox teammates still have each others backs, even years after they left the diamond behind.

Baseball Hall of Famer Martinez, 52, and his teammates on the 2004 World Series championship Red Sox team reunited at Fenway Park in Boston on April 9 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their championship and pay tribute to the late Tim and Stacy Wakefield. Tim, who pitched for the Red Sox between 1995 and 2011, died at 57 in October 2023. Five months later, his wife Stacy died.

"The night before, I got together with the family and I was able to tell them how much I respect Wakey, how much I love them," Martinez, who pitched with Wakefield in Boston between 1998 and 2004, tells PEOPLE of reuniting with his former teammates and Tim and Stacy's family members. Members of that 2004 championship team accompanied the late couple's children Brianna, 17, and Trevor, 19, as they threw a ceremonial first pitch at Boston's first home game of the MLB season.

"We looked [out] for each other every single day. Running partners, bullpen partners and family members together," Martinez adds. "We made sure that our families remained in contact and that we were always together and we never let go."

The retired pitcher — who now focuses on his Pedro Martinez Foundation — shares that April 9 reunion was full of "mixed emotions, because we remember the great moments, but also sad to see that this happened to two kids," after Brianna and Trevor lost both their parents within a five-month span.

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<p>Jaiden Tripi/Getty</p> Members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox with Brianna Wakefield and Trevor Wakefield (center) on April 9, 2024

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Members of the 2004 Boston Red Sox with Brianna Wakefield and Trevor Wakefield (center) on April 9, 2024

"What are the odds? For the same reasons. It is hard to think of. It's hard to imagine," Martinez says. "We're here to be uncles — I've supported these kids. [We're] close uncles that are going to take care of 'em and anything they need."

Martinez's words echoed multiple of his former teammates, including Johnny Damon and Kevin Millar, who shared during an appearance on a television broadcast of April 9's game that dozens of the players from that team have called themselves the Wakefield's kids' uncles following Tim and Stacy's deaths, per

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<p>Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty</p> Brianna Wakefield and Trevor Wakefield on April 9, 2024

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Brianna Wakefield and Trevor Wakefield on April 9, 2024

Martinez additionally tells PEOPLE that seeing his former teammates "just brought back all the memories." He won two Cy Young Awards as the American League's best pitcher during his time in Boston, in addition to the team's 2004 World Series win.

"I miss my teammates probably more than anything, even competing," he says. "Just my teammates — being around them, goofing around, hear the way they talk and the craziness that we had in the clubhouse."

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<p>Michael Seamans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty </p> Tim Wakefield and Pedro Martinez on Feb. 15, 2023

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Tim Wakefield and Pedro Martinez on Feb. 15, 2023

"I miss that [community]. I miss that probably more than anything, being around my true family — because that's who they are," he says. "They are the true family that we share all that time."

These days, though, Martinez is the lead analyst for TBS' MLB coverage and an analyst for MLB Network and is focusing on the still-young 2024 season.

"I'm extremely excited about seeing Elly De La Cruz come back healthy and put together a complete season. That's a player that I'm really high on," he says. "Of course, nobody wants to take their eyes off of Ohtani and the L.A. Dodgers. There's so many great teams that are playing great ball."

And Martinez took a quick break from coverage to head up to Boston again this past weekend, alongside his wife Carolina, to support seven runners who took on the Boston Marathon on behalf of his Pedro Martinez Foundation.

"It was amazing. I've never seen so many people in Boston since we had the '04 caravan after winning [the World Series]," he says. "It was beautiful to be a part of it."

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