J.D. Martinez Officially Introduced
This morning it became official that J.D. Martinez is now a Red Sox. It took a week for the Red Sox and Martinez to come to an agreement on the contract. J.D. Martinez is 30 years old and his injury history is questionable, but is healthy now and ready to go. Dave Dombrowski said this morning that Martinez went to Boston Thursday to take his physical. Last season he missed a little time in the beginning due to a sprained ligament in his right foot.
J.D. Martinez Had a Great Second Half of Season
With the Arizona Diamondbacks last season in September he had a great month. He batted .404 average with 16 home runs eight doubles, and 36 RBI’s. Martinez also had 26 runs scored in 24 games. He will take David Ortiz’s spot and become the designated hitter for the team. He said this morning he excited and “I’ve been playing this game since I was a kid I’ll continue doing the same routine I’ve been doing. Whether it is DH’ing or playing the outfield, that’s part of the deal coming in.”
Martinez Is Excited to Play at Fenway Park
Martinez said Fenway Park is like Monday Night Football. “Football has Monday night. They say every night at Fenway is like Monday Night Football. I’m excited.” Alex Cora also said that Martinez will hit in the three or four spot. Cora said “Not only can he hit homers, but his ability to hit for average… he’s not only a home run hitter, he’s a complete hitter.” Dave Dombrowski has always been a fan of J.D. Martinez. They tried to trade for him it didn’t work out at the time.
David Price Needs to Shut up and Pitch
PHOENIX, AZ – OCTOBER 04: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Arizona Diamondbacks at bat against the Colorado Rockies during the National League Wild Card game at Chase Field on October 4, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Martinez hit 45 homers last season between the Detroit Tigers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Funny story- David Price told USA Today that Martinez will get booed at Fenway Park. Martinez denied that this morning after his press conference telling WEEI. “He never said that to me, honestly,But you always hear that. That’s the thing around the league. Everybody knows that. But I get it If I’m doing well, I’m going to get cheered. If I’m doing bad, I’m probably booing myself. If I’m in the outfield and fans are telling me ‘I suck,’ I’m saying the same thing. I get it. I’m on board with it. I understand it. I’m excited to just be able to play in front of fans who feel the same way.” Getting Martinez could be the power hitter they needed and to be legit contenders with the New York Yankees.