The recent MLB Hall of Fame inductions in Cooperstown, NY, were four in number. Chris Biggio and pitchers John Smoltz and Randy Johnson are enshrined forever. The fourth one, a fiery pitcher from the Dominican Republic, Pedro Martinez, who once reflected how his life went from sitting broke under a mango tree to being the New York Yankee’s public enemy number one as a former member of the hated Boston Red Sox now has a new point of reference, Hall of Famer.
“One Latino more in the Hall of Fame.” Pedro prouded announced. “This goes to them [the people]. I hope they enjoy it.”
Pedro started in the Los Angeles Dodger organization with his older brother, Ramon. But soon he was traded to Montreal before the 1994 season, where he started opening up eyes winning the Cy Young award. But it was in his next stop, Boston, where for seven years, he confirmed his greatness.
He made the All-Star team four times and won three more Cy Youngs. He was MVP of the 1999 All-Star Game. But it was his performances against the elite Yankee dynasty of the late 1990’s that made his reputation, especially a 1999 17 strikeout performance in Yankee Stadium.
In 2004, Pedro and his Red Sox put the curse of the Bambino to sleep by making the greatest comeback in baseball playoff history by reversing a 3-0 deficit to upset the Yankees in seven games. More important they won their first world series championship since 1913, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in a four game sweep.
Pedro Martinez, career record (219-100) is only the second man from the Dominican Republic to make the Hall, the first being Juan Marichal. Pedro was pleased for his people upon receipt of this honor.
“This is the maximum trophy to a country. I’m so glad to bring to the people something to brag about from this generation. I never saw Juan Marichal pitch, but I read so much about him.”
Pedro also spent time with the New York Mets and even returned to the World Series in 2009 with the Philadelphia Phillies where his old nemesis, the Yankees conquered him to win the 2009 World Series, but as he walked off the mound , a proud warrior, even New York had to respect the competitive fire that ran through his soul and now forever among Baseball’s best.