Red Sox legend congratulates countryman Al Horford, Boston Celtics after Banner 18 win

From one champion to another, Al Horford is receiving praise from a Boston sports legend after claiming his first-ever piece of hardware.
Pedro Martinez congratulated Al Horford and the Boston Celtics for winning the 18th championship in franchise history
Pedro Martinez congratulated Al Horford and the Boston Celtics for winning the 18th championship in franchise history / Adam Glanzman/GettyImages

They did it! The Boston Celtics are your 2024 NBA champions, defeating the Dallas Mavericks by a score of 106-88 at the TD Garden. It was a complete performance that took efforts from Jayson Tatum to Sam Hauser.

Their performance was beautiful to watch.

Part of being a champion in the world of sports is receiving praise from other athletes outside of the current field. Red Sox legend and 2004 World Series champion Pedro Martinez took his thoughts to X (formerly Twitter) about the final outcome -- giving a special shoutout to fellow countryman Al Horford in the process.

Martinez is not wrong about anything he said — Boston had a total of 25 assists throughout the four quarters, as Tatum owned 11 of them. The superstar was using his scoring abilities to drive and draw defenders, allowing for easy dump-offs and kick-outs.

Tatum and Brown came together for 52 points, 16 rebounds, and 17 assists. The duo proved once and for all that they can indeed work together despite all of the narratives the media throws at them.

In addition to their efforts, Jrue Holiday pitched in 15 points while Derrick White laid out 14 of his own and a chipped tooth while giving his efforts to dive for a loose ball but ended up getting face planted following Derrick Lively toppling over him. 

What makes former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez a legend?

Martinez pitched for seven innings, picking up six strikeouts and only allowing two free passes to first base. During his outing the Red Sox legend gave up three hits — which is very good in the MLB.

For further context, he was able to accumulate a total of 219 wins (a win determined by whoever is on the mound when the team has the lead and comes out victorious). His ERA (earned run average, how many runs are given up per outing) averaged out to 2.93, which is incredible over an 18-year career.

No matter which way you want to put it both Martinez and Horford are champions in their right — representing the city of Boston.

What's even cooler is that the two are Dominican Republic natives. It's bigger than the United States for them.