J.D. Martinez is no stranger to Fenway Park.
Martinez has played in Boston several times over the course of his seven-year Major League Baseball career, but now the veteran slugger will call America’s Most Beloved Ballpark his home. The Red Sox officially signed Martinez to a five-year contract Monday, bringing in a power bat to an already impressive lineup.
As the first reports broke about Martinez coming to Boston, Sox fans immediately started scouring the internet to become familiar with the 30-year-old. And aside from learning that Martinez is a huge Tom Brady fan, the Red Sox faithful were pleased to discover that Martinez spent his 19th birthday at Fenway.
What the fans didn’t know, however, was how Martinez got to the game.
Speaking with reporters Monday, Martinez revealed that it actually was former Boston third baseman Mike Lowell who provided the tickets for the Red Sox-Yankees game 11 years ago.
“My sister took me,” Martinez said, via ESPN. “Mike Lowell doesn’t know this and I’m waiting to see him so I can tell him. She worked with Mike Lowell’s brother and his father. She’s a dentist and I guess his family is in dentistry as well. And he’s the one that actually left us tickets for the Yankees-Red Sox game. So I’ve got to tell him that — that he left me a ticket when I was 19 years old. It’s pretty cool.”
Talk about a crazy twist of fate.
Lowell makes his way back to Boston every so often over the course of a big league season, so we have a feeling Martinez will have ample opportunities to share the anecdote with the 2007 World Series MVP.
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