Baseball HOF Induction Ceremony

The plaque says it all, a “gritty spark plug” who was able to transition from All-Star Catcher, to Gold Glove 2nd Baseman, and finally to an everyday outfielder. When you think of the Astro’s you think Craig Biggio. He was one of the “Killer B’s” (Biggio, Bagwell, and Berkman), and played a major role in the franchise’s only World Series appearance in 2005. He will be remembered for his performance on the field, as well as for the person he was off of it.

 

Smoltzie was the definition of a warrior. Whenever he stepped on the mound, everyone in the ball park knew that John Smoltz was going to throw his best stuff, and most of the time his best stuff was almost impossible for opposing hitters to touch. Unfortunately, he had to undergo Tommy John surgery, but somehow was able to come back and change from his starting role to a role as a relief pitcher. To no surprise for who had ever watched him play, he enjoyed tremendous success at the position and is the only pitcher in history to have 200 wins and 150 saves. Smoltz brought a World Series Championship to Atlanta with help from his fellow first-ballot Hall of Fame pitchers, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux. He would want that to be mentioned, as he was a huge believer in the fact that baseball is a team sport. He took great pride in being the best teammate he could be.

 

“The Big Unit.” At 6′ 10″ tall I don’t think there has ever been a more fitting nickname for Randy Johnson. To fit all of his accomplishments in one paragraph would be impossible. He once threw a fast ball so hard that he killed a bird flying by home plate ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxEUW3pQX6A ). He won Cy Young Awards in both the National and American League, a World Series in 2001, and pitched both a no-hitter, and a perfect game. The Big Unit did it all, and he’ll always be remembered for how fast his fastball would get to the plate, making great hitters look like tee-ball players.

 

Last but certainly not least, Pedro Martinez. Almost a full foot shorter than Johnson, Pedro made up for what he didn’t have in height with what he did have in his heart. He also won a Cy Young award in both the American and National League, the only other player to do so besides Johnson and Martinez being the legend Gaylord Perry. Pedro was ready for every single one of his starts, and took the mound with a competitiveness that was second-to-none. However, on his off days he was focused on being a good teammate, making people laugh, and bringing joy to the club house. He was a major component in removing the “Curse of the Bambino” and leading the Red Sox to a championship in 2004, their first championship in 86 years. Pedro was someone who put his whole heart into the game, and after the game he has put that same heart into everything else he’s done.

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