BOSTON -- Wearing a Red Sox T-shirt and team workout shorts, Pedro Martinez bounced around the facility at JetBlue Park on Friday, eager to begin his new role as special assistant to the general manager.
Perhaps the best pitcher to ever put on a Boston uniform, the presence of Martinez will be hard not to feel.
"I met him today for the first time, and I was actually talking to someone in the hallway, and he came out a side door and I was just like, 'Oh, Pedro Martinez, there he is.' It was pretty cool," said Red Sox reliever Andrew Bailey. "I had seen him around a little bit last year while I was up in Boston, but I never really got the time to introduce myself. Today I got to talk to him for a little bit. His presence -- just being around, the carefree mentality, just kind of having fun -- is great, especially this time of year during camp. I know he's like that all year long."
How Martinez's job will evolve will be determined over time.
"It's kind of an open book right now," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "The one thing that's great about Pedro is he's been an open book toward it, wanting and willing to give that experience and that guidance any way that he can. He's respectful of the coaching staff and the structure that's in place. We've got a very good resource to tap into."
Martinez clearly enjoys monitoring the mechanics of pitchers. While several Sox pitchers threw side sessions on Friday, Martinez watched discreetly in the background.
What will Farrell be looking for from the three-time Cy Young Award winner?
"To provide his experience," Farrell said. "To lend a watchful eye. He's got some connection obviously with Rubby [De La Rosa], pre-existing before even coming in here. For any young pitcher, regardless of where they come from, to be able to sit and have a conversation with Pedro, to tap into those experiences, can only be beneficial."