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J.D. Martinez tells D&K chemistry is biggest reason for Red Sox' success

Alex Reimer
August 22, 2018 - 2:33 pm

There are lots of reasons why the Red Sox have the best record in baseball: prolific offense, dazzling starting pitching, a new manager. But slugger J.D. Martinez attributes the team’s success to chemistry above all else.

In an interview Wednesday with “Dale & Keefe” as part of the Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, Martinez said the bond every player on the team shares with each other is what separates this Red Sox squad from other clubs.

“When all my friends and family ask me what the difference is with this team, and stuff like that, I'm like, 'Honestly, there's no egos.' There really isn’t,” Martinez said. “Everybody is pushing for each other. You could go in that clubhouse, and you wouldn't know Chris Sale is the best pitcher in baseball. You talk to Mookie (Betts), and you wouldn't think he's the best player in baseball. They're that humble. You talk to David (Price), it's the same thing. It's just a bunch of guys guys who are rooting for each other and want the best. Everybody gets almost as excited when someone else hits a home run as they do when they hit a home run. It's a fun group to be around. I think that's exactly why we've been playing the way we've been playing.”

That closeness was personified on D&K Tuesday, when David Price and Brock Holt declared Martinez was MVP of the Red Sox In addition to leading the league in home runs, Martinez has notoriously helped numerous teammates with their batting this season. Yet, Martinez said other players deserve the credit for heeding his advice, which didn’t always happen earlier in his career.

“When I would say stuff earlier in my career, guys would say, 'OK, whatever, that's kind of the way he does it,’” Martinez explained. “They didn't really believe me as much. These guys kind of believe me here; they kind of trust me. They go with it.”

With 38 home runs and 106 RBI to his name, expect Martinez to never experience any pushback from his teammates again.