CHRIS MARTIN: FROM REFRIGERATORS TO THE YANKS . I immediately went into "BYB mode" and reached out to Martin to see if he could give me an interview for the Bleeding Yankee Blue audience. I knew it would be tough, after all, he was on his way to Spring Training for pitchers and catchers and no doubt, with a new employer, it wouldn't be easy to nail him down.
Well, luckily for the BYB readers, we have a special treat today. Chris DID make time and I am happy to say that we have an interview with Chris Martin and I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy this... I certainly did...
BYB: Chris, I loved your personal story with Yahoo / AP a few weeks ago. I was immediately
drawn to your story. Tell me, where
were you when you got the call that you were a New York Yankee?
Chris Martin: I was at my house, about to head to my workout when got the call. It was around 10 am.
BYB: You pitched in 16 games in 2014. Tell me what it was like pitching in
Colorado for the Rockies and manager Walt Weiss? Is it truly a tough
park for pitchers as it's been described?
Chris Martin: Pitching in Denver was a challenge, but also a good learning
experience. I have a great deal of respect for Walt. It's not easy for a
manager there, because of the roller coaster ride with pitching in that
BYB: You stand at 6'8", a big boy! When did you notice that you were
gonna be a tall kid growing up and is your height an advantage on the
Chris Martin: I hit a pretty significant growth spurt between my freshman and
sophomore year in high school. Being a tall pitcher has its advantages
and disadvantages. But the biggest advantage is the angle tall pitchers
are able to produce when coming to the plate.
BYB: Did you always want to be a baseball player? Did you play basketball as well with your size?
Chris Martin: It was always baseball. I played basketball as a kid, but never really grew that passionate about it like I did with baseball.
BYB: Who is your favorite baseball player growing up and why were you drawn to them?
Chris Martin: Nolan Ryan! He threw really hard, and was the ultimate competitor. I as a kid, I liked to mimic his high leg kick.
BYB: You're a New York Yankee now. Tell me who are you looking forward to
meeting most. And the Bleeding Yankee Blue readers don't want to hear
"everybody". You gotta give us an answer here. What do you say...
Chris Martin: I envision an organization with a lot of history and class. I'm looking
forward to meeting Mariano Rivera. He was the best closer of all time in
my opinion and being a reliever, I'd like to pick his brain and just learn
the mental aspect of his game.
BYB: You're known for your fastball. What other pitches do you like to throw and what's your favorite pitch?
Chris Martin: Yeah, well I learned pretty quick last year that throwing hard is a
plus, but you have to have a few other pitches to be successful. This
offseason, I've been focused on developing a change-up to get hitters off
BYB: Tell the BYB audience about that conversation with Pete Incaviglia
after he gunned your fastball. I mean, the guy called the Red Sox with
the snap of a finger! You had to be impressed with yourself...
Chris Martin: He was confused on why I was at an independent ball tryout. He
actually asked me if I'd been in trouble or in jail. I explained my
situation and he was like 'We'll go get you a uniform, because we need you
BYB: Is there any significance to wearing #61 for the Yankees?
Chris Martin: No. That's the number that was assigned to me.
BYB: For any kids our there reading your interview right
now... What is the one thing you can tell them about dreams and pushing
yourself to the next level. What's your message to them...
Chris Martin: Just that if you really set your mind to something and always believe in yourself, good things will happen!
BYB: Finally, and I know you're new to the Bronx, but I have to ask... do you
ever read Bleeding Yankee Blue?
Chris Martin: I'm sorry... No, I haven't.
Come on Chris, lie to me! I'm kidding.
Hey look, I want to thank Chris for interviewing with Bleeding Yankee Blue. We'll be rooting for you hard this season, Chris!
We appreciate you taking the time! Good Luck!
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