Among the framed memorabilia in a hallway of the modest house in which Yordano Ventura grew up is a laminated wood plaque of Ventura, age 7, featuring a Bible verse and images of … Pedro Martinez.
The same Martinez who on Tuesday became the second player from the Dominican to ascend to the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Juan Marichal is the other.)
At the end of that school year, Ventura and his classmates were told to choose someone they idolized or looked up to for inclusion on the plaque.
Sixteen years later, Ventura hasn’t wavered on that feeling for Martinez, with whom he has become close — and even shares an agent.
For an upcoming article retracing the roots to his rise, Ventura talked with The Star Monday about Martinez.
And, well, we’re saving that good stuff for later.
But Tuesday on his Twitter account, @yordanoventura, he called Tuesday a “day of pride for all Dominicans,” and added, “Felicidades Pedro! #PedroElGrande #vivaRD #OrgulloDominicano.”
Roughly translated: “Congratulations, Pedro. Pedro is the best. Long live the Dominican Republic. Pride for Dominicans.”