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Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:59 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 1:40 am

By Evan Brunell

DETROIT -- Adrian Beltre and Victor Martinez, dueling against each other in the ALCS, were teammates on the Red Sox last season and helped foster a healthy clubhouse with their leadership, which the Rangers and Tigers, respectively, have raved about. On Tuesday night, each displayed just what might have been missing on the Red Sox this season.

Beltre came to the plate with one out in the fourth inning and took a massive hack against Doug Fister, fouling a ball off his left knee. He collapsed to the ground, and just like Nelson Cruz's hit-by-pitch off the wrist in Game 2, sent fear in the heart of Ranger Nation. Given Beltre's reaction, it would have been completely understandable for him to bail out of the game. But the third-baseman was having none of it, holding off the trainer and continuing the at-bat, despite clearly being hampered by the injury. He grounded out, hobbling to first base all the while. (X-rays following the game were negative.) Certainly, in the regular season with nothing on the line, Beltre likely would have been taken out -- but this is October, after all, and Beltre's never been a player that lets injuries stand in his way. This is a man who once fractured his testicle, for crying out loud ... and kept playing.

So no, Beltre wasn't coming out.

Then, in the bottom fourth, it was his ex-teammate's turn to show some fortitude. Martinez stepped to the plate with the Tigers down 1-0 and the crowd increasingly demoralized... and rocketed a home run to left field. Bedlam from the crowd, but Martinez instantly grimaced and stumbled toward the ground before gingerly running around the bases. This was a huge homer for Detroit, and all that happened was a casual fist-bump by Don Kelly in the on-deck circle, and then a somber reception in the dugout without the usual high-fives. Martinez immediately slammed his helmet before disappearing into the clubhouse tunnel, and it looked as if V-Mart may have fallen victim to an intercostal muscle strain.

Fast-forward to the bottom of the fifth. Miguel Cabrera at the plate with runners in scoring position, a situation the Tigers have struggled through all postseason. The TV cameras showed Martinez speaking to Leyland in the dugout, clearly not right. However, he headed to the on-deck circle with many theorizing that this was a fake-out to make the Rangers think V-Mart was going to hit and perhaps make an incorrect pitching coach before Martinez was pinch-hit for. That feeling was only furthered more when he didn't take any swings and watched Miggy blast a RBI double. And yet, Martinez stayed in the game. ('s Danny Knobler says Martinez is expected to play in Game 4 as well... surprise, surprise.) He didn't swing once in the at-bat, but worked a walk. You could tell that there was absolutely no way that Martinez was coming out of the game. This is a man who told reporters on Sept. 28 after injuring his big toe, "You're going to have to kill me to keep me out of the lineup." And after Game 3? "I will play tomorrow unless I am dead when I wake up."

So no, Martinez wasn't coming out.

On a night where the Red Sox's epic collapse may have claimed it's biggest victim yet in GM Theo Epstein, two players he allowed to leave in free agency showed on baseball's brightest stage the perseverance strangely lacking in Boston this season. And perhaps that's why the Red Sox are sitting at home with Red Sox Nation crumbling.

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Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:10 pm

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

I must say that I am happy for Beltre and V-mart having good seasons and being on teams in the A.L championship however, I have to agree with . Beltre is Overpaid and V-mart is a DH. Boston really didnt need them this year, Ortiz has just as good as numbers then Victor and who wouldnt take Adrian Gonzalez over Beltre? This article is really just kicking the RedSox when there down.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:00 pm

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Beltre was great with the Sox .. but that contract he got with the Rangers is ridiculous and the Sox have Youk and got A-Gon to replace Beltre ... so who would you rather have, Beltre overpaid, or A-Gon .. thought so.   As for V-Mart .. he's a glorified DH who Theo and the Sox should never have traded for in the first place knowing full well he was going to basically be a rental.  The truth is WE DON'T miss V-Mart .. who we miss is the guy we traded for him Justin Masterson.  Article = FAIL

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:46 pm

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Motown champ, who the hell thought crawford was gonna be a bust?  Maybe they overpaid a bit, but he was the biggest free agent of the entire offseason out of anyone.  A ton of teams were interested.  Seems like you're just making a hindsight, armchair observation.  A huge bust this year, no doubt, but it wasn't like anyone expected him to be this disappointing.

Things can only get better though, right?

I guess things can get worse if the sox aren't able to sign ellsbury because of the vast amount of money invested in Crawford, but I'm sure the new GM's first step will be to resign ellsbury (and possibly papelbon).

The thing is that the sox don't need players at 3rd base, catcher (especially if lavarnway turns out to be a stud), or DH.  They need pitching.  Maybe a righty bat in the outfield.  The lineup is solid.  I see what the writer is trying to say - that the sox lacked heart and leadership - but I doubt that losing Beltre and Martinez was a giant blow. 

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:38 pm

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

LOL, Crawford was a bust waiting to happen? Please..... do explain, because I don't think anyone saw his subpar performance coming. In fact I thought Crawford was an excellent addition, reminded me of the 03 Indians who ran Loften/Visquel/Alomar out at the top of the order (Looks alot like Ellsbury/Pedroria/Crawford) and followed them with Manny/Justice/Thome (again looks like Gonzalez/Youk/Ortiz) and that team scored up to that point the most runs in the history of baseball.

Anyways, fact is Beltre was not a big loss, Vmart was in my mind, but none the less our playoff lives weren't ever going to be resting on his shoulders.

This article previously mentioned, a joke and lame attempt to undermine Redsox management who last time I checked put together a team who won 2 world series over 4 years.

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 6:20 pm

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

I don't even want to know how you fracture a testicle......

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 5:44 pm

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Offence was never the issue this season, the subpar pitching athletisism this past season is to blame.  Team almost had five .300 hitters, who cares about Beltre and Martinez when that is reality.  Try making stories about former Red Sox pitchers in the play-offs, that is what they sucked at.  Good joke article today.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:42 am

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Beltre over Crawford is a no-brainer.   Beltre was built for Fenway Park.  Hard to fathom the gace Crawford over 30 million more than it would have cost to keep Beltre.

V-Mart is the ultimate pro hitter and team leader.  Theo Epstein should be fired!  The guy destroyed the RedSox.

Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:13 am

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Bison, I agree with most of your Beltre comments, but he is a good player, and if he stays healthy, Texas did alright, but 90 million for six years is a bit much,as far as Victor goes, they lost him over 2 million a year, and he may not be the best defensive catcher around,  but he was only going to catch for one year, and then step into the DH role, and back up Gonsalez at first, and lets not forget both Beckett and Lackey did not want Victor, hows that looking now?. They also gave up a pretty good pitcher to get Victor (Masterson) so that appers to be wasted, but if i am not mistaking, they did get draft picks for losing free agents. 

Since: Mar 10, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:01 am

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Bison, I sure would like to know how Beltre underperformed this year.  Yes, he was injured for the better part of six weeks, but he still played in 124 games, had a 0.296 BA (17th in the AL), 0.561 slugging % (3rd), and 0.892 OPS (9th).  Even with the time off, he had 32 HRs (T5th), 33 doubles (T18th), 105 RBIs (T6th), and 82 runs scored (T23).  He was also one of the best defensive third basemen in the game, if not THE best.

So again, where did he underperform?

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 7:54 am

Beltre, Martinez show Red Sox what they lost

Sounds like sour grapes Bison.  Both Texas and Detroit players have raved about the intensity and leadership they have brought.  Adrian Beltre might have been injured for a month but he played like the best 3rd sacker in the AL.  So that is 3 consecutive excellent years. His September was outstanding and he finsished off the Angels.  I think its about time to drop the Beltre contract year label.  Martinez has done exactly what he has always done,  hit and hit in the clutch.  The Red Sox got greedy with Carl Crawford.  Everyone knew that was a bust waiting to happen, but they still went ahead.  Youkilis was broken down last year but they still let both go.  I could see letting one go, but both was dumb by Boston.  Really they should of dumped Youkilis and signed Beltre.  You could probally argue they should of walked from Papi and kept Martinez, but that is not as clear cut.  Basically, the Red Sox made awful decisions.  And really the Pitching, was just bad luck.  Lester bombed, Beckett, Dasaike and Bucholz were injured, and Lackey was another arrogant signing.  Fister would not have changed the culture in Boston.  Boston was already screwed.

Go Tigers.

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