“I was facing Mike Morgan, who I had beat the time before in Montreal, 1-0 in 10 innings.”
Martinez is misremembering a few details, which is not so suprising given that he’s talking about events of 22 years ago. To wit:
The perfect game was on July 28, 1991. The “time before”, taken literally, would be July 12, when the Dodgers faced the Expos in Montreal, with Morgan and Martinez starting. However, that game ended up 6-5 Expos, with neither starter figuring in the decision.
Martinez is evidently referencing the game of April 30, when the Expos did beat the Dodgers 1-0 in Montreal, with Morgan & Martinez starting. However, that game went 9 innings, not 10 – Delino DeShields ended it with a home run leading off the bottom of the 9th.
He could blame race on why he was under appreciated in Baltimore, but he was also a hotheaded, underachieving alcoholic on a team that had 20+ years of success under a no nonsense manager. Anytime a manager (Weaver) blames the lack of potential success of the team on the winnest pitcher of a single decade (Palmer), the bar is set pretty high. May Martinez couldn’t handle the pressure