When Pedro Martinez gets inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame this Saturday, we’ll likely see the recurrence of a pattern that has played out many times since the Montreal Expos first acquired him on Nov. 19, 1993.

Canadian baseball fans will show appreciation for Martinez, who capped an impressive four-year career in Montreal with the 1997 NL Cy Young Award. Chances are, Pedro will reciprocate.

“There’s such a love affair because Pedro loves them back and shows respect to them,” said Scott Crawford, the Hall of Fame’s director of operations.

Even though Martinez played just four of his 18 big-league seasons with the Expos, there’s plenty to celebrate about his time in Montreal and enduring connection with Canadian baseball fans.

CONNECTING WITH A CITY
At the time the Expos acquired Martinez, he was a career swingman with an uncertain role on Felipe Alou’s pitching staff. He had cost the Expos their starting second baseman, Delino DeShields, and was best known as the little brother of Ramon Martinez.

That anonymity did have its advantages, though. Soon after being traded to the Expos, Martinez connected with the city of Montreal by walking around and exploring. Now that he no longer played on the same team as Ramon, he relied on himself to build a connection with his new home city.

“I was on my own, but I was doing it in a place where I felt really safe and loved by the people,” Martinez recalled over the winter. “Embraced by the people—people who did not care what colour you were, what you were wearing, how much money you were making. Montreal means the world to me because it’s where I feel I became a man.”

Over the course of his four seasons in Montreal, that sense of familiarity grew.

“I took each day like …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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