Why Canadian baseball fans love Pedro Martinez, and vice versa

Posted On: Jun 14, 2018   |   Posted By: Sportsnet

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.
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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...

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