“Now he’s going to have to be on time,” Francona needled his former pitcher on Thursday when the two were reunited at the annual dinner of the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
A three-time Cy Young Award winner and eight-time All-Star who spent seven seasons in Boston, Martinez returned to the city where he had his best years. His role is still undefined _ he has the same title as former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek _ but Martinez said he would be willing to help with the pitchers, work in the minor leagues and generally be a friend to GM Ben Cherington.
“Varitek, Pedro _ they are the Red Sox,” said Francona, the current Cleveland Indians manager who received the prestigious Judge Emil Fuchs Award, named after the former Boston Braves owner, for long and meritorious service to baseball.
Other award winners included:
_Miguel Cabrera, the Ted Williams Award as baseball’s best hitter.
_Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles, major league manager of the year.
_Mike Rizzo of the Washington Nationals, major league executive of the year.
_R.A. Dickey, the Tony Conigliaro Award for fighting through adversity.
_Dustin Pedroia, the Thomas A. Yawkey Award for Red Sox most valuable player.
_Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox pitcher of the year.
_Will Middlebrooks, Red Sox rookie of the year.
_Cody Ross, the Tommy McCarthy Good Guy Award.
_Mike Aviles, the Jackie Jensen Award for spirit and desire.
Martinez spent his first day back on the Boston masthead at a lunch with Cherington, new Red Sox manager John Farrell, CEO Larry Lucchino and Boston Mayor Tom Menino and some civic leaders. Martinez said Menino had been welcoming to him when he first arrived in Boston in 1998 and once again was forthcoming with advice about where to live and what to do in the city.