The East York, Ont. native has turned into a whipping boy for Canadian fans and experienced a first-hand account of the backlash Wednesday, getting booed in all three of his plate appearances from a strong Blue Jays contingent at his home park, McKechnie Field.
“They are booing me because they care. I’m sure if they saw me at dinner or something, they would want to come and shake my hand,” said Martin, who signed a two-year, US$17-million deal with the Pirates in the off-season.
“It’s just part of the game. It’s the same line every time — something about shortstop coming from the stands. I think it’s funny.
“Everybody is going to feel foolish for booing me, that’s what’s going to happen. That’s my prediction,” Martin said with a chuckle.
Canadian fans were not the only ones Martin caught flak from regarding his decision to skip the event. Fellow countrymen Justin Morneau and Brett Lawrie also voiced their displeasure. Lawrie took issue with Martin withdrawing from the event less than two weeks before it started because he could not play shortstop, calling Martin’s decision for skipping “weak.”
Martin, however, is not interested in getting into a war of words with the Blue Jays third baseman.
“He’s just a young kid voicing his opinion,” Martin said. “I’m just going to keep it at that. I respect his opinion, it doesn¹t bother me. Same thing with Justin. I did not feel ready to go out there and compete. It¹s not that I don’t want to represent Canada. People are crazy if they think that because that’s just not who I am.”
Posted: March 15, 2013 at 06:20 PM | 32 comment(s)
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