I thought I hated Travis Lee. I never thought anyone could pass the level of disdain that I had for both members the dreadful third-base combination of Abraham Nunez and Wes Helms. And then Michael Martinez was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 rule-five draft, beginning the tenure of perhaps the least-liked/talented player in Philadelphia sports history.
In parts of three painful seasons with the Phillies, Martinez only mustered a .187 ERA, in 364 at-bats with the team. Somehow Martinez still managed to fall into the good graces of Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., and former manager, Charlie Manuel.
Yesterday, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo gave broke news about a Philadelphia Christmas miracle.
Source: #Pirates agree to terms with INF Michael Martinez on a minor league deal with ST invite.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 13, 2013
If you don’t understand Philadelphia’s dislike of Martinez, some of theses tweets in response to the news that Martinez was on his way out of Philadelphia, will give you a better perspective.
In tribute to Michael Martinez, I will be driving back and forth to Lehigh 57 times in the next two weeks…don’t hate… #Phillies
— Joe (@corrado_19) December 14, 2013
Dear God the Pirates signed Michael Martinez. Now RAJ is going to trade Biddle to get him back. — Jeff (@jph_GSG) December 14, 2013
Michael Martinez has signed with the Pirates. The Phillies’ offseason is officially a success. — Mike (@MikeFrohwirth) December 14, 2013
The Michael Martinez Era is finally over — Winless For Wiggins (@Winless4Wiggins) December 13, 2013
Michael Martinez is a trader!!! — FanSinceHoHoH09 (@FanSince09) December 13, 2013
Michael Martinez is sporting a .190/.227/.333 line through 12 Dominican Winter League games. What a gift. Happy holidays, #Pirates.
— Jay Floyd (@PhoulBallz) December 13, 2013
I can’t wait for Michael Martinez to hit a game winning home run on July 4th against the Phillies.
— Logan Nilsen (@philswc8008) December 13, 2013
The best is going to be when Michael Martinez turns in a productive season for the Pirates.
— Mike Mader (@michaelmader) December 13, 2013
I even got in on the fun.
PLEASE TELL ME MICHAEL MARTINEZ WILL BE ON SI NEXT WEEK.
— Tim Kelly Fansided (@TimKelly_215) December 14, 2013
And for the record, “mini-mart” might be the worst nickname in Philadelphia sports history. Or Earth’s history.