Former MLB player John Jaso was just trying to reconnect with some old teammates Thursday during the Rays’ 6-3 victory over the Red Sox, but it didn’t go exactly as planned.
In a tie-dyed tank top and his hair pulled back in a dreadlock ponytail, Jaso tried to get on the field at Tropicana Field. There was just one thing stopping him: A strict usher who didn’t know who he was.
He was denied access to the field after multiple attempts, but did eventually make contact with Rays third-base coach Matt Quatraro from the stands.
There is so much I can teach my daughter just by her watching me fight. She’s come to every single one of my fights, and I’m hoping she’s learning just by seeing what I do day in and day out, dealing with having a great victory and staying humble, and dealing with defeat and how to handle losses. All of these things are life lessons that need to be taught to a child, and what better way to do that than through your own experience?
I don’t want her to see me hurt, but at the same time, when I lost my belt [in 2014], I think it was important for her to see me at that point. I’ve hit rock bottom and everything is still OK. Tomorrow I get up and work my way back up the mountain. It’s important for her to see that.
That’s some fight. We’ve got a great group in here and that was a good one for us, said Mitch Moreland, who had three hits including a triple as the Red Sox set a season-high with 20 hits.
Martinez went 4 for 5, including a two-run homer in the sixth and two doubles as he and his teammates avenged a 1-0 loss at Seattle against Wade LeBlanc six days earlier. LeBlanc started again Friday but did not fare so well in Boston.
He pitched a great game against us last time. We all had a little chip on our shoulder coming into today, said Martinez, who has 23 homers.
Reliever Matt Barnes (1-2) got the win with one scoreless inning, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth.
Juan Nicasio (1-4) took the loss, allowing five runs on four hits in one-third of a lousy seventh inning.
We were in control after a crazy first inning. We banged it around and they banged it around some, but our guys kept tacking on there. Just couldn’t hold them off at the end, Seattle manager Scott Servais said.