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Pedro Martinez to receive a hero's welcome in the Dominican Republic

Pedro Martinez to receive a hero's welcome in the Dominican Republic

Posted by Juan Gavasa on January 07, 2015

Pedro Martinez will get a hero’s welcome in his native Dominican Republic.

The former Red Sox ace is expected to arrive to the Caribbean island Thursday afternoon, just two days after it was announced that he would become the second Dominican to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Representatives from the Dominican Ministry of Tourism and fans alike will meet Martinez at the capital's airport where a caravan will take him to the boardwalk in Santo Domingo known as “El Malecon.”

There, a stage has been set for the former pitcher to address his fans for the first time since the announcement Monday.

The caravan celebration will continue to Manoguayabo, a small sector in the country’s capital, where Martinez, 43, was born and learned how to play baseball.

“Pedro Martinez is a great national symbol,” said Francisco Javier Garcia, the country’s minister of tourism, in a statement. “He is a great promoter of Dominican tourism because of the feats he has achieved. The Dominican people are celebrating. It was the best holiday present our country has ever received.”

The tourism ministry has planned a party with ten orchestras to welcome Martinez, according to a press release.

After Monday’s announcement, Martinez tweeted a message in both English and Spanish dedicating it to his native land.

Martinez, a three-time Cy Young winner, is the second player from the Dominican Republic to be elected to the Hall after pitcher Juan Marichal. He said in a tweet that he is proud to be the second, and hopes that this will open the doors for “the third, fourth, fifth and many more.”

Along with Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio were also inducted into the Hall of Fame this week.

Johnson, Martínez and Smoltz earned induction on their first tries, and Biggio made it on the third attempt after falling two votes shy last year.

Martinez, considered one of the many heroes for the Boston Red Sox, also dedicated the induction to the New England city.

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