One-time star pitcher Pedro Martinez made his point in showing the world he’s proud to be a Dominican – from wearing that jacket with the Dominican Republic coat to arms to joining with star pitcher Juan Marichal in waving around the Dominican flag during induction ceremonies for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Being a ballplayer with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Montreal Expos, New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in addition to the Boston Red Sox where he was on a World Series-winning team, it shows the spread of Latin American peloteros in U.S. baseball.
PERSONALLY, I WAS amazed to see how many Dominican government officials felt compelled to attend the ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y. – not exactly the most accessible of places to travel to.
But it certainly made for a more intriguing induction ceremony than we have seen in years. Unless you thought the induction last year of so many Atlanta Braves players and managers was worthwhile?
Although for what it’s worth, I was amazed at how much of Martinez’ induction speech was in English – although he did conclude en Español and gave enough of a plug to the United States for offering him a break that only the most hard-core of xenophobes would object.
Check out this weblog’s sister site The Chicago Argus on Monday for more information about the Martinez performance and whether it is true that it will be another 32 years before a Dominican-born ballplayer makes it into the U.S. Baseball Hall of Fame.