Russell Martin

Russell Martin clarifies past comments of hating Red Sox

Ryan Hannable
July 14, 2015 - 7:06 am

CINCINNATI -- Back in 2011 when catcher Russell Martin was with the Yankees and the Red Sox were fighting to get into the playoffs during their disastrous September, Martin made his thoughts perfectly clear -- he didn't want the Red Sox to make the postseason. "Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me," said Martin at the time. "Because I hate the Red Sox," he added when asked to clarify his comments. The Red Sox finished the month 7-20 and missed the playoffs, which led to manager Terry Francona being fired. Martin, now a member of the Blue Jays, clarified his comments Monday. "They were kind of taken out of context," Martin said. "I've always felt like it's fun playing the Red Sox. I feel like when you play against them in their place the fans are always electric. It's always a great atmosphere playing. I love playing against the Red Sox. I had some comments taken a little out of context because they were so good. They were tough to play and I always feel like they are tough to play. They have that gritty type of attitude." The Red Sox were in the market for a catcher this past offseason, and with Martin being a free agent, the catcher said last September he would consider signing with the Red Sox, but he said Tuesday the Red Sox were never in the hunt. "No, I don't think Red Sox were in the hunt too much," Martin said. "I think they were happy with what they had in the minors and what they had on their roster already." Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with the Blue Jays. The catcher was born and raised in Canada, which played a role in his decision. "I let the process unfold," he said. "I wasn't going to concern myself with too much of anything until I had a better idea. I ended up going to Chicago and talked to the Blue Jays' guys quite a bit. I think L.A. was in the mix a little bit and it came down between Chicago and Toronto and we sat down. Before it was set and done Toronto went with the fifth year and just the fact that I was going to have an opportunity to play at home for a team that I cheered for as a kid, everything made sense."