LAKELAND, Fla. Victor Martinez tore up his left knee while doing agility drills last winter, had micro-fracture surgery to repair the damage, and tried unsuccessfully to rush back in time for the Tigers pennant chase.
Then he also was unsuccessful in attempting to watch his team on television during a World Series he could not play in. And it was for reasons beyond the sweep by the Giants.
I watched a little bit here and a little bit there, Martinez said after Thursdays workout at TigerTown.
He paused, looked down and then looked me in the eye, saying, That part really killed me. Its what I work for. Hopefully, God will give me another chance with the Tigers this year to make something happen in the World Series.
Every game, you just want to be there, playing. It was the worst year of my career, but it was the best year of my life. I was able to go to bed with my kids and wake up with my kids every day. I really enjoyed that.
Martinez and his wife, Margret, have two children. ...