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Hall of Famers humbled by induction day

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The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2014 featuring Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas was one of the best classes in recent memory, until this year. Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Craig Biggio all earned induction into baseball's greatest fraternity. In a Hall of Fame Class that features nine Cy Young Awards, over 3,000 hits, and a combined 33 All Star Game appearances, following classes will have hard time keeping up.

For the four newest inductees, it was an emotional day. Biggio became emotional when thanking his late parents, Johnson was emotional talking the wounded former military members he met on USO Tours that traveled cross country for the ceremony, and an exuberant Martinez spoke both in English and Spanish, the latter to support his fellow countrymen from the Dominican Republic who came to celebrate just the second Dominican Hall of Famer. For all, it was a day, they'll never forget."

"I did not expect to say some of the other things that I said, but they came to me," Martinez said in regards to his speech. "I told you I was going to speak what I felt in that moment. I felt so grateful and humble in the moment and I expressed it in English the best way possible, and I did in Spanish the best way possible."

"I'm glad it's over. I've never had a shirt this soaking wet in my life and I'm going to enjoy the heck out of every year I can get back here with this class and the guys we represent," Smoltz said. "I'm honored and blown away and I can't believe that I'm a first ballot Hall of Famer. I just never dreamt of that when I was 7. I did dream about pitching in the big leagues, but never getting in the Hall of Fame."