Before the White Sox took the field at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, some of the White Sox players got a chance to chat with former Red Sox and Hall of Fame pitcher Pedro Martinez.
Martinez talked with shortstop Alexei Ramirez and outfielder Melky Cabrera. The former Red Sox All-Star knew Cabrera from the Dominican Republic national team, and Cabrera was proud to see a fellow Dominican Republic native voted into the Hall of Fame.
“They were very special moments for me because like everyone has said, he’s “Pedro Grande” and he’s one of the best from the Dominican Republic, and to be able to face him was exciting,” Cabrera said.
“He’s a great human being. When he was on the field, he was outstanding. He was aggressive because that is his nature and because he liked to compete. But off the field he also was a great person. He’s humble. In the Dominican Republic, he’s an idol, and he was my idol also.”
The eight-time All-Star was 219-100 with a 2.93 ERA and 3,154 strikeouts during his 18-year career.