Baseball Pedro Martinez, all 5-11 and 170 pounds of him, cruised in to Baseball Hall of Fame with 91.1 percent of the vote Tuesday.Martinez, an eight-time All-Star, finished his career with 219 wins and 2.93 ERA en route to three Cy Young Awards. He led the league in ERA five times and strikeouts three times. Those numbers made him a virtual lock as a first-ballot Hall of Famer. In a teleconference Tuesday afternoon, Martinez spoke about how special this honor is to him. MORE: Exclusive portraits | Smoltz reflects | Biggio's thoughts | Not everything is the writers' fault | Five most confusing ballots | Ballot breakdownHis thoughts of being selected... “This is a great honor rand I honor it to every fan out there and every player I played with. … So many good players just pass by. For me to be there on the biggest stage with every eye in the whole world looking at me is a great honor. I did have faith that I could do something special for my family. I took full advantage of it once I was given the opportunity. Right now the rest is history. I appreciated it. I respected it, I did it with integrity and I did it like there was no tomorrow. I’m glad I’m here today. It doesn’t get any higher than this.”Comparing his pitching style as a smaller pitcher to that of 6-11 fellow inductee Randy Johnson…“I was aggressive and considered myself a power pitcher with some finesse in it. The height and size that I had helped me coordinate my mechanics easier. I’m easier to balance on the mound. I can’t imagine being as tall as Randy and fine-tune this craft. Being so tall it’s not easy to coordinate and find a release point that relies on one or two inches every time. I’m very glad to be with him and go in with this group. Randy is one of those guys that I would stand on the top step of the dugout to watch pitch. He was so exciting and the most dominant lefty I’ve ever seen.”On his short stint with the Dodgers to begin his career before being traded to the Expos …When I first started I was just a hard-throwing rookie that came in for an inning or two and tried to blow everybody away. It’s hard for me to say if I would be where I am today (if I stayed in Los Angeles), but I guess it was written to be because I’m here today. I’m so thankful that I got the opportunity from the Dodgers to at least show what I could do.On playing with a chip on his shoulder …“I was faced with a lot of adversity. All that adversity drove me to making sure that every step I took, I was aware of. My mind and body would change half an hour before the game and I would just become this serious, focused person. Everybody I saw out there I saw as a challenge. First, a team wanted to beat me. Then if I went inside, they

wanted to charge the mound. They wanted to hit a homer. They wanted to do so many things that I saw everybody as an enemy. I saw everybody like I was in the jungle where you just kill to survive. That’s the intensity and focus I had to keep in order to do it every day. That’s the chip on the shoulder people thought I had, even though it was just my way to concentrate and do the day-to-day things I did in baseball.”On players like Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds not being inducted into the Hall of Fame …“It’s actually sad. I feel sad for them that they’re not with me and I know they were special players. Now people I admire aren’t going in with me.”On his approach to playing baseball “the right way”…You have to respect the game. I could have had enough excuses to go the short way, but I always followed my dad’s advise and my mom’s, which is do it the way God allowed you to do it, and if not, just come home.