‘It is nice to be again’

Buck Martinez thanked his household, broadcast teammates and the baseball group at massive when he returned to the sales space for the Toronto Blue Jays’ sport towards the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at Rogers Centre.

“It is nice to be again,” Martinez stated earlier than thanking his Sportsnet colleagues for his or her help throughout his struggle towards most cancers.

“The followers have been super. I’ve heard from followers all throughout North America. I wish to thanks all for the indicators, the prayers. There’s little question your whole good phrases helped me get by way of this robust time they usually helped me lots. I heard from lots of people too coping with their very own well being points. I hope my journey has helped you deal with these face on and struggle the great struggle.”

Martinez stepped away from the job in mid-April after being identified with most cancers. 

“I wouldn’t be sitting right here tonight with out the fantastic help of my household,” Martinez stated. “My son Casey and his household and particularly my spouse of 47 years, Arlene. From the second we heard I had most cancers, she merely stated ‘we received this’ and he or she was proper — as she has been for 47 years.”

Many followers had indicators welcoming again Martinez and gamers and employees greeted him on the sphere earlier than the sport.

“We have been all hoping this present day would come this yr, however we needed to wait and see how his therapy was going, and the way he was feeling,” play-by-play man Dan Shulman instructed The Canadian Press earlier than the sport.

“It is superior. He is been in Toronto as a part of the franchise for the higher a part of 40 years so it is nice to see him again.”

Martinez’s ties to the Blue Jays date again to 1981 when he began a six-year stint as one of many group’s catchers. Martinez performed 17 years in Main League Baseball, together with stops with the Kansas Metropolis Royals and Milwaukee Brewers.

As soon as he retired from MLB, Martinez started a profession as a broadcaster for a number of years earlier than returning to the Blue Jays in 2000 as a supervisor for 2 seasons.

In 2010, he joined Sportsnet as a broadcaster for the Blue Jays, the place he has continued to work as each a play-by-play announcer and color commentator.

“That is the man who taught me all the pieces,” stated Shulman, gesturing towards Martinez. “I feel for us it’s going to be like using a motorcycle as soon as we rise up there and begin doing it once more. We have performed it so many occasions collectively.

“Most significantly, I am simply blissful that he is wholesome, and that he is wholesome sufficient to be again right here.”

Shulman stated Martinez watched each sport as he recovered. Shulman added that after each sport Martinez would textual content him and fellow broadcaster Pat Tabler his ideas on how the Blue Jays performed.

— With information from The Canadian Press

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