What were those patches on Pedro’s jacket?

The patch on Pedro’s left arm represents his U.S. citizenship, he said.
The patch on Pedro’s left arm represents his U.S. citizenship, he said. –Getty Images

Not one to shy away from eye-catching fashion choices, Pedro Martinez wore easily the loudest suit of the four newest Hall of Famers in yesterday’s induction ceremony.

Its most visible features were a pair of patches on each of his upper arms. Pedro didn’t touch on the patches specifically in his speech, nor were they easy to make out on the broadcast. So what were they? Symbols representing his U.S. citizenship and Dominican heritage, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.

Cafardo asked Martinez about the patches after the ceremony Sunday.

Pedro wore symbols of the Dominican Republic on his right arm. —The Boston Globe

“The flag from the Dominican Republic and this is the symbol from the United States – and I wanted to make sure that I recognized both sides, the Dominican Republic, because I was born there, a lot of the people, as you saw, showed up from all over the country and the Dominican Republic and different places to support one of its sons being inducted into the Hall of Fame,’’ explained Martinez.

“I’m a U.S. citizen, I respect America. I wanted to recognize America. I wanted to give America the same props I gave the Dominican Republic because without America, I wouldn’t be standing in Cooperstown, New York, being inducted into the Hall of Fame,’’ he added.

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