Unforgettable: Four Newest Hall of Famers Inducted
Biggio, the longtime Astros player who starred at catcher, second base and outfield, batted leadoff when it came to the inductee speeches.
Smoltz followed Biggio to the podium by talking about four significant phone calls in his life.
“The starting rotation will be talked about for the rest of time and maybe always compared to things," Smoltz said. "But to do something and make it come full circle, to talk about the two greatest teammates, the two greatest pitchers that got inducted, I was watching them actually rip me a new one, enjoying every second of it.
"I thought we would go back in time and just do this for a second,” said Smoltz, pulling out the wig. “Glav, Maddux, back when I had hair, we had the time of our lives. It's the only time, Greg, you're not going to be able to talk about my bald head.”
Martinez, the cleanup hitter, ended the day with dozens of Dominican flags waving the wind, a Latin beat in the air, and chants of “Pedro! Pedro!”
Martinez also spoke of being a sign of hope.
“I would like all of you to not look at me as numbers, as baseball, as achievements. I would like you to actually see me as a sign of hope for a third-world country, for Latin America, someone that you can really look up to, and feel comfortable enough to say, I'm proud of you,” he said. “Today I don't want to roll into numbers and games that I pitched. I just want to make sure that my people get a little message across from me and see me as a sign of hope for a future generation.”
Bill Francis is a library associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum