PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Pedro Martinez wasn’t meditative about anything other than a health of his left hamstring when he arrived in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on May 28, 2008.
But he left vehemence about David Price.
Martinez was 36 years aged then, impending a finish of his Hall of Fame career and anticipating his physique would reason adult prolonged adequate for a few final hurrahs. Price was 22, drafted initial altogether by a Tampa Bay Devil Rays a prior Jun and creation his second pro start in an A-ball diversion attended by reduction than 2,000 fans.
And if we don’t trust in a existence of a round gods, how else do we explain a former and destiny aces of a Red Sox pity a pile for 6 innings that night?
“I got to see him a (second) day he threw a round in veteran baseball, and now, I’m going to get a flattering good, tighten demeanour during him in a personal way,” Martinez pronounced from David Ortiz’ eighth annual gift golf event. “I was like, ‘Wow, this child is unequivocally something.’ And we likely it. we said, ‘This child has it.’ Because he was attacking, he was assertive in a strike zone. It was usually a matter of him removing his physique built adult to apropos who David Price is.”
Over a past few months, Martinez has positively told that story to Dave Dombrowski, not that a Red Sox boss of round operations indispensable to be assured Price is a right ace during a right time for a authorization that hasn’t had one given it traded Jon Lester 16 months ago. Even in his talk with a Sox in August, Dombrowski mentioned Price by name as “the kind of pitcher we wish to go after,” according to principal owners John Henry.
But when a biggest pitcher of his era shares a same opinion, it usually strengthens a solve to dedicate $217 million over 7 years to a tip free-agent starter on a market. And there are signs Martinez has a some-more successful voice than ever within a corridors of Yawkey Way given apropos a Red Sox special partner in 2013.
Dombrowski has asked Martinez’ recommendation for how a group can best implement a academy in a Dominican Republic. He also values Martinez’ believe of pitching so most that he invited him to join a Sox’ fortuitous this week during a winter meetings in Nashville.
“Especially when we were articulate pitching, he wanted to hear my submit about that,” Martinez said. “You soak in what a classification is perplexing to do, and then, if they wish to rest on my submit about some things that should be approached about pitching, I’m some-more than happy to indeed participate.”
And make no mistake, Martinez offering his full-throated publicity of Price, whom he has dignified ever given that day in Port St. Lucie.
It wasn’t usually that Price (six scoreless innings, dual hits, 9 strikeouts) outpitched rehabbing Pedro (six innings, dual runs, 4 hits, 6 Ks). It was Price’s electric fastball, that overwhelmed 96-97 mph, according to an MLB.com news from a game. Martinez also saw a pitcher who had pointing authority to both sides of a plate, wasn’t fearful to chuck inside and consistently worked forward in a count.
It was no wonder, then, that a Rays called adult Price after that deteriorate and put him in a bullpen for a playoffs. Price even tossed 2-1/3 scoreless innings opposite a Red Sox in a ALCS, earning a win in Game 2 and a save in Game 7.
“I saw a same look, a same proceed from a initial day to a final time I’ve seen him pitch,” Martinez said. “I got to see him in a World Series right away. we saw accurately what we saw in that (A-ball) diversion in a World Series entrance in in relief.”
Since then, Price has developed into a legitimate No. 1 starter, with a 2012 Cy Young Award to infer it. As most as anyone, Martinez understands a value of a 200-inning celebrity of a revolution who can hoop a inspection that comes with being an ace.
“David is that guy,” Martinez said. “He’s intelligent adequate to know that a media is always going to be seeking questions, generally with a contract. But we consider he’s unequivocally romantic when it comes to a game, unequivocally passionate. He’s a lot of fun, too, so a Boston fans are going to unequivocally welcome him. we consider he’s going to get what Boston can give you, Pedro-like treatment. And we consider he will perform as well.
“I was praying a Red Sox would go and get someone to assistance (Rick) Porcello and those guys kind of relax a small bit. I’m intensely excited. we wish he feels comfortable. We’ll see. we like him a lot.”
From initial sight, in fact.