On Sunday, Cooperstown, NY, home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, was vibrant with Dominican flags, güiras, tamboras and “Pedro” chants as Pedro Martinez joined Juan Marichal, as the second player from the Dominican Republic to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
“I feel proud to represent the Dominican Republic,” Pedro said during his acceptance speech. “I would like you to see me as a sign of hope…someone that you can really look up to and feel comfortable to say, I am proud of you." Pedro also dedicated his day to all the fathers, as yesterday, July 26, was Father’s Day in the Dominican Republic.
At the conclusion of his speech, Pedro asked Juan Marichal to join him on stage and said, “I would like to invite Mr. Juan Marichal to come forward and give the Dominican Republic a gift they waited for 32 years to get.” Together, they raised the Dominican Republic's flag with pride.
Last week, ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd reinforced the challenges that Pedro, along with other foreign-born Latinos face in pursuit of the American Dream. During his radio show, Colin made offensive remarks towards Dominicans when he said, “Like I’ve never bought into that ‘baseball is too complex.’ Really? A third of the sport is from the Dominican Republic.”
During an interview, Pedro gave the perfect response to Colin’s negative remarks saying, “I’m sorry. He needs to get to my level to answer him. I’m in the Hall of Fame.”
You can watch Pedro's full Hall of Fame acceptance speech here.
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