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Delgado 'flattered' by Blue Jays honor

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm •  Published: July 20, 2013

Of the 16 players to hit four homers in a game, Delgado is the only one to do it in only four at bats.

Asked about other highlights moments from his time in Toronto, Delgado recalled making his big league debut at the end of the 1993 season, cracking the opening day roster for the first time in 1994, and homering off Pedro Martinez on his birthday to help the Blue Jays beat Boston in June, 2000.

He also recalled lasting friendships with teammates including Alomar, Shawn Green and Jose Cruz, and the invaluable hitting advice he received from manager Cito Gaston

"He was a big part of my learning process," Delgado said of Gaston. "He was very influential in what to look for, how to pick up tendencies."

Delgado, who also played for the New York Mets, spoke of his pride in being an icon for other Latin baseball players.

"It's great to represent Puerto Rico, it's great to represent Latin America," he said. "In Latin America and the Caribbean, there's such a rich baseball tradition. We're very proud about that. Since you're two years old you've got a bat and a ball in your hands.

"Having that opportunity to come in on the biggest stage and play and perform and sometimes be compared with some of the great Latin-American players, it's a great honor."