Turns out I wasn’t the only one living for updates on the J.D. Martinez chase this spring. Red Sox fans came out in droves to Hammond Stadium Saturday afternoon for a chance to snag an autograph and quick moment with the star right fielder.
The Twins’ spring home opened its floodgates at 11 a.m. on the overcast day with fans lined up down the street for the weekend game. A short delay and a tarp scare gave players the opportunity to greet more fans and get in some extra time in the batting cage.
For some the delay was the perfect time to call family members for a quick catch up. Others were even luckier.
Brock Holt was visited by his parents.
The Sox’s utility player gave his mother a hug as she chided, “why haven’t you been home since Christmas?”
Luckily for the sports fans and Holt, the wait was quick and it was back to baseball. The rain held off just enough to get a few innings in, the downpour rescuing the Sox from a 10-3 deficit in the third. The two will face off for the first time during the regular season on June 19, giving the Red Sox a bit to warm those bats up.