Rick Porcello gives perfect Boston sales pitch when discussing J.D. Martinez on 'Bradfo Sho'

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February 21, 2018 - 12:05 pm

Rick Porcello delivered the perfect sales pitch about the allure of playing for the Red Sox on this week’s edition of the “Bradfo Sho.”

When asked about whether newcomer J.D. Martinez will handle Boston, Porcello talked about how the incessant pressure can be rewarding. 

“It's honestly a pleasure playing in Boston,” he explained. “Yeah, there are tough times if you're not playing well. You're going to hear about it. But what's wrong with that? Who doesn't want to hear about it? Because when you are playing well, it feels like you've got the entire world behind you, and that's all you can ask for as a player. That's fair.”

Few players are better equipped to talk about the ups and downs about playing in Boston than Porcello. He’s been vilified and glorified during his three seasons with the Red Sox, winning the Cy Young in 2016 and losing a league-high 17 games last season. 

Suffice to say, Porcello’s sales pitch was much more attractive than David Price’s, who says he told Martinez to expect to be jeered at Fenway Park.

Though Martinez hasn’t played in many high-pressure situations during his career, Porcello, who was the slugger’s teammate in Detroit, says Martinez is capable of handling the Boston heat. Martinez turned himself into one of the best power hitters in baseball just one year after the then-lowly Astros discarded him.

“He's faced adversity already in his career,” Porcello said. “He had whatever happened to him in Houston. He got released and let go. Then he got picked up by an organization that doesn't know him, basically wasn't playing. At the time, Houston was not a good ball club. He reached out, found something inside himself, and turned himself into arguably one of the best right-handed power hitters in the game now. There's something in there that shows a resilience and the mental toughness.”

If Martinez struggles with the Red Sox, Porcello contends there are enough leaders on the team to help him get through the rough patches.

“I believe we have the ball club –– and the tight-knit group –– to have somebody who's a newcomer come in. If there are struggles, he can lean on our shoulders and we'll help him through that,” Porcello said. “That’s what it's all about being on a team.”