“It Felt Alright Hitting”: JD Martinez Braved an Injury to Heroically Lead Boston Red Sox to Victory vs Tampa Bay Rays

Published 10/09/2021, 6:38 AM EDT
Oct 8, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez (28) hits a double against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning in game two of the 2021 ALDS at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports


The Boston Red Sox made an incredible comeback in the ALDS series against Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. They clinched the victory, courtesy of JD Martinez’s heroic three-run home, despite his ankle injury.

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Boston Red Sox won Game 2 of the ALDS series defeating Tampa Bay Rays by 14-6. The Red Sox players were on fire as they smashed five home runs over Tampa Bay Rays’ single grand slam to win the game.

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JD Martinez overcomes injury

In Game 1 of the ALDS series, the Boston Red Sox faced an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Rays. However, they made up for that loss with an emphatic victory last night.

34-year-old JD Martinez, whose appearance in the post-season was initially doubtful, because of his injury, played a crucial role in the victory for his team. In the fifth innings of the game, Martinez smashed a stunning 3 run home run.

Oct 8, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox designated hitter J. D. Martinez (28) hits a double against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning in game two of the 2021 ALDS at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In his post-victory interview, Martinez reflected upon his injury. “It felt alright hitting, It didn’t feel good running, but it felt alright hitting,” Martinez said.

Albeit, he contributed a huge hit to the team. Not long ago, Martinez was going through immense pain in his ankle. But with the help of his team, he made it to the playoffs.

Appreciating the team’s support, Martinez said, “I feel good you know. Feels good you get four-hit and a win. Hats off to these guys. Hats off to the training staff you know they have been grinding on my ankle for the last five days, they made it happen, if it wasn’t for them I would not be here. It’s been tough, it’s an injury, it’s legit injury.”

Boston Red Sox’s five home runs

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The Tampa Bay Rays had a good start in Game 2 as they smashed a grand slam in the first innings. However, things went down south post that, as the Boston Red Sox players outclassed them. Xander Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo sparked the home run rally in the third innings. Notably, Martinez, Kike Hernandez, and Rafael Devers continued the home run streak in the fifth and eighth innings.

Oct 8, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Enrique Hernandez (5) and shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) and third baseman Rafael Devers (11) celebrate after Hernandez hits a three run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in game two of the 2021 ALDS at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox will meet again on Sunday for Game 3 of the ALDS series. At 1-1, who do you think will take the lead next?

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post-graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. Taking after her athlete father, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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