Boston Red Sox: J.D. Martinez 2021 Goal Was To Be Like the “Goat”, Prepares to Face Jacob deGrom on Wednesday

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Following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Super Bowl championship a video of a “drunk” Tom Brady surfaced on social media.  The video was from the Super Bowl Parade in Tampa Bay. 


The video was of Brady being walked from a riverboat by his backup Ryan Griffin.  He helped Brady as he stumbled from the end of the parade. 


Fast forward to the beginning of Spring Training, J.D. Martinez showed up to camp in style.  He was sporting an orange shirt with a picture of Brady being held up by Griffin. 


Photo courtesy of J.D. Martinez Instagram 


In an Instagram photo from February 21, Martinez was photographed wearing the custom shirt.  He would post those images on his personal Instagram with a tag line, “2021 Goals. Be like the 🐐.”


The Red Sox are only one month into the season, but Martinez has been living up to his Instagram post. 


Through 23 games this season, Martinez is hitting .370 with seven home runs and 21 RBI’s.  He is a league leader in hits and average.  Fellow teammate Xander Bogaerts has also enjoyed a hot start to the 2021 season. 


As he channels his inner Tom Brady “goat”, the 33-year-old hitter wants people to know he’s just that.  A hitter and not a slugger. 


"I'm not a slugger," he said.  "I don't consider myself a slugger, I consider myself a hitter that can drive the ball.  I think a lot of guys kind of have that same identity here.  You know a lot of guys believe in that.”


“We don't have any guys who are just up there swinging for the fences.  I think that's' a tough way to produce runs on a consistent basis.  You're pretty much depending on longballs.  To me, I'm a firm believer in it.  I think you've got to be a hitter before you're a slugger,” added Martinez. 


The Red Sox will need Martinez to be able to hit and field as they prepare for the Mets.  Boston will begin a quick two-game series from Queens beginning Tuesday.  The second game of the series Martinez and his teammates will face Jacob deGrom.


Photo courtesy of the New York Times 

The Cy Young right-hander has been lights out in 2021.  In four starts this season, deGrom is 2-1 with a 0.31 ERA and 50 strikeouts. 


“He has to be from a different planet, because he does things that seem out of this world,” said Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo. 


On Planet Earth, deGrom will be coming off a 15 strikeout performance over the Nationals.  The 32-year-old has been dominant, there is no other way to put it.  He will also be the best pitcher the Red Sox will have faced all season. 


deGrom will have an extra day off before facing the Red Sox - he will face Boston on the normal four days’ rest.



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