• Martin Not A Fan Of The Boys From The Fens

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2011 · Comments (10)

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    Russell Martin’s views on the American League Wild Card chase won’t win him any buddies in Boston, but his sentiments should gather plenty of support in the Bronx.

    Martin said on Thursday that he’d love to see the Yankees play spoiler this weekend at Yankee Stadium and try to knock the reeling Red Sox out of the postseason completely.

    “Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me,” Martin said. “They’re coming up next, so it’ll be fun.”

    Asked why he felt so strongly, Martin responded, “Because I hate the Red Sox.”

    A career Dodger before this season, Martin said that his first season in pinstripes formed a healthy disdain for the team’s AL East rivals.

    “Of course it’s this year,” he said. “They are fun to play against just because they have a quality team and are gritty and play hard and stuff, but I’d love to see them lose. … I guess it just comes with the territory, you know? When you wear the pinstripes, you just kind of learn to be that way, I guess.”

    The Red Sox were one of the teams Martin considered signing with last offseason, along with the Blue Jays. But Martin thought the Yankees were more aggressive in their pursuit, convincing him to ink a one-year, $4 million deal.

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi seemed to be amused by Martin’s comments.

    “I don’t ever like to fuel anything, that’s the bottom line, but boys will be boys,” Girardi said.

    Of course, this will all change if the Red Sox offer Martin a $8 million contract for next season…

    Comments on Martin Not A Fan Of The Boys From The Fens

    1. lardin
      September 23rd, 2011 | 11:43 am

      Steve, Russell Martin will be in his final year of arbirtration for the 2012 season. He will not be a free agent until the 2012 offseason.

      Hes not going anywhere next year.

    2. September 23rd, 2011 | 11:55 am

      @ lardin: I could see the Yankees non-tendering him. His bat is not worth a $6 million contract – which he would probably get, at the least, in arbirtration.

    3. 77yankees
      September 23rd, 2011 | 11:58 am

      I think Martin respects the Red Sox, but just probably heard enough from their imbecile fans during their games at Fenway this year that he wants to stick it to them.

    4. lardin
      September 23rd, 2011 | 12:03 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      I would try to sign Martin for to a two year contract and eep Montero and/or Romine as the back up. If Romine is the backup have Montero be the DH. I am not ready to hand over the starting catchers position to either Montero, Romine or Cervelli. Keeping Martin around allows the Yankees develop the next starting catcher at the Major league level. If you sign him for two years you can always trade him. Good catchers are hard to find..

    5. Evan3457
      September 23rd, 2011 | 12:06 pm

      Martin is 3 WAR, and therefore his marginal value to the Yanks is over $13 million for this year, because the average catcher in the major leagues is so bad that Martin’s mediocrity carries significant value. So there’s no doubt he’ll be back next year, because even at $6 million, he’s a relative bargain.

      And then, Cervelli might be unavailable due to injury, Romine is not ready to hit at the big league level, and Montero isn’t ready to catch full-time at the big league level.

    6. September 23rd, 2011 | 12:49 pm

      No chance the Yankees sign Ryan Doumit and have him and Montero split the catching?

    7. agsf
      September 23rd, 2011 | 1:58 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      I think Martin respects the Red Sox, but just probably heard enough from their imbecile fans during their games at Fenway this year that he wants to stick it to them.

      You don’t think Red Sox players deal with their share of imbecile fans at Yankee stadium? Martin is just playing a role, doing what he’s suppose to do, hoping to endear himself to Yankee fans. Nothing more. Take off you’re blinders and you’d see that.

      Damon was never going to play for the Yankees either, remember? Money smooths over all grudges.

    8. Greg H.
      September 23rd, 2011 | 2:08 pm

      Evan3457 wrote:

      the average catcher in the major leagues is so bad that Martin’s mediocrity carries significant value.

      Absolutely. And bringing Martin back, with Romine as backup and Montero as DH makes a lot of sense. Hopefully that’s just what they should do.

      And good for him if he’s into sticking it to the Red Sox. We’re in accord on that one. The way the Sox look right now, they deserve to be bounced from the playoffs.

    9. 77yankees
      September 23rd, 2011 | 3:01 pm

      @ agsf:

      I didn’t say that Red Sox players didn’t have to put up with their share of it in Yankee Stadium – that was just you with YOUR blinders on trying to twist and project upon what I said.

      And Martin….playing a role??? Please. If, six months into a season, he wanted to to “endear himself to Yankee fans”, all he has to do is continue to contribute to a championship team.

    10. Raf
      September 23rd, 2011 | 5:48 pm

      77yankees wrote:

      And Martin….playing a role??? Please.

      FWIW, Girardi confirmed it as such; Waldman brought it up during the broadcast. It was compared to Gonzalez’s comments during the Sox press conference.

      Much ado about nothing, it’s what players do.

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