COOPERSTOWN, NY (CBS) – On Sunday, Red Sox great Pedro Martinez joins the game’s most celebrated players with his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The eight time all-star was elected to the Hall in his very first year of eligibility.
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When it comes to the Hall of Fame induction, one of the big topics of conversation is the inductee’s speech. Pedro says his approach to the speech will be just like he pitched.
“I’m just going to go out there, try to make it fun, let my feelings dictate what it’s going to be like, let whatever the people make me feel that day dictate what I should probably say,” Pedro said in an interview with WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche Friday.
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“I don’t actually have a formal written speech because I might get emotional, you might see tears, just like you might see a laughing Pedro, you just never know. It all depends on how they make me feel but I am hoping that they are all happy and loud so that I can be kind of wild like I like to be when I’m shagging in the outfield.”
On Sunday night, Pedro will have a home in the Hall when his plaque is placed among the greats. Pedro hopes his fellow Dominicans see the plaque as a sign of hope and a goal that they can accomplish if they want to.
“We’ve waited 32 years and now it’s becoming reality for the Dominicans, they really want to have a taste of it,” Pedro says. “A lot of the Dominican population is going to show up and they’re loud, they’re different, they’re happy people and I think it is going to be unique.”
Pedro estimates that he has somewhere between 80 and 100 family members with him in New York and he went fishing with many of them Thursday on nearby Ostego Lake.