“He can relate to every pitcher on some level,” said Red Sox manager John Farrell. “It’s as much about dealing with pitching in Boston, the standpoint of what adjustments he had to go through. He has the scope of a whole major league career.
“Sharing his experiences and much of the mindset a starting pitcher has to go not only in spring training but also how to manage a full season. The biggest thing is the way he was able to adapt throughout his career. Even when his physical power started to tail off at times, he made adjustments and learned to pitch.”
Martinez watched the Red Sox’s abysmal 2012 season and was disappointed by what he saw.
“It’s an empty feeling that you get inside of you because there’s nothing you can do from the front of TV,” he said. “The few games that I stopped to watch at Fenway, it was painful to see the chemistry wasn’t there, the team wasn’t doing what they were supposed to.”
Martinez said he would like to stay with the team well into the future as several other former players have done, including Red Sox great Johnny Pesky, who died in September.
“I remember Johnny Pesky hitting fungos in my first year, and I saw him in his last days,” Martinez said. “I’m extremely proud to have seen Johnny Pesky. So I’m hoping to become someone like that.”