Analysts, fans react to Pedro Martinez's HOF induction
There is no question that Pedro Martinez was dominant. There is no question that the late 1990s was a tough time to be a pitcher squaring off against names like Griffy Jr., Palmeiro, Bonds, Sosa, Biggio, and McGwire to name a few. Despite the hitting-greats he faced on a routine basis, Martinez struck out 1,375 batters from 1996-2000, had an ERA of 2.46 and claimed 80 wins during those five seasons.
So it came without surprise that fans and analysts alike shared fond memories in light of Martinez being inducted to the Hall of Fame.
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe wrote "No one was better, or more fun, than Pedro Martinez."
Peter Abraham of the Globe added "Every time Martinez pitched at Fenway was an event, if not a civic holiday."
Anthony Witrado of Bleacher Report wrote in a column "Pedro Martinez, the greatest pitcher ever. Not liking him is fine. Not every player in his era did. But denying his dominance at the height of one of the best offensive eras in the game's history is unjustified."
NH Gov. Maggie Hassan tweeted: "Congrats to @RedSox legend Pedro Martinez on his well-deserved election to the Hall of Famer."
An article on NESN even reported rapper Lil Wayne tweeting "Kongrats to Pedro Martinez for making the Hall,deservingly. My favorite pitcher and baseball player of all time. Impressive. Red Sox Nation."
Let's hope the "K" is a reference to Martinez's impressive number of career strikeouts.