It’s hard to imagine that J.D. Martinez ever had a hard time in the MLB. But he did. After three seasons with the Houston Astros, Martinez was let go during spring training in 2014. Well, what a difference five years can make.
The 31-year-old Miami-born Red Sox star now has this to show: 43 home runs, .330 average and 130 RBIs (run batted in) as well as a five-year, $110 million contract. He was recently named one of the top 20 baseball players in the country. Martinez says last year’s World Series is just the beginning. We believe him.
Secrets of success: A lot of hard work, dedication, sacrifice—that’s the biggest. Sacrifice with my time, family and friends.
On Failure: I have a unique story. I have had ups and downs. I would not trade them for anything. I’ve learned things, including not taking being “okay.” I want to be one of the best in the league.
His Teammates: The Sox is the most humble team I’ve ever been on. It’s more than the individual. It’s about the team, and you don’t often see that at this level. This is a very special team.
His Fans: They are amazing. Their personalities and passion for the game match mine.
His Toolbox: I have everything in there: Frisbees, a yoga box, bands, metal plates and toys for the dogs.
His Motto: Just have a dream. Don’t say no until you reach it.
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