Martinez, who joined Juan Marichal as the second native Dominican in the Hall, summoned the Dominican Dandy from behind him on the stage and unfurled a Dominican flag to bring his speech to a rousing conclusion.
It was pure Pedro — forever the showman. While Biggio, Johnson and Smoltz all opted for dark suits, Martinez wore an electric blue number with a Dominican patch on one shoulder and a U.S. patch on the other. He hatched his grand finale while lying in bed just after dawn at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown. “It was 6:30 in the morning and I was having a hard time catching that last hour or two of sleep,” Martinez said. “It occurred to me that today, on Father’s Day in the Dominican Republic, there was no better image than me and Marichal clearing the way for others to Cooperstown. It was the greatest gift I could come up with for the Dominican population.”