Martin: 'I hate the Red Sox'

Martin: 'I hate the Red Sox'

NEW YORK -- Russell Martin's views on the American League Wild Card chase won't win him any buddies in Boston, but his sentiments should gather plenty of support in the Bronx.

Martin said on Thursday that he'd love to see the Yankees play spoiler this weekend at Yankee Stadium and try to knock the reeling Red Sox out of the postseason completely.

"Anything to get the Red Sox out would be awesome for me," Martin said. "They're coming up next, so it'll be fun."

Asked why he felt so strongly, Martin responded, "Because I hate the Red Sox."

A career Dodger before this season, Martin said that his first season in pinstripes formed a healthy disdain for the team's AL East rivals.

"Of course it's this year," he said. "They are fun to play against just because they have a quality team and are gritty and play hard and stuff, but I'd love to see them lose. ... I guess it just comes with the territory, you know? When you wear the pinstripes, you just kind of learn to be that way, I guess."

The Red Sox were one of the teams Martin considered signing with last offseason, along with the Blue Jays. But Martin thought the Yankees were more aggressive in their pursuit, convincing him to ink a one-year, $4 million deal.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi seemed to be amused by Martin's comments.

"I don't ever like to fuel anything, that's the bottom line, but boys will be boys," Girardi said.

Martin shrugged when asked if avoiding a possible American League Championship Series meeting with the Red Sox was a consideration. The Yankees are 4-11 against Boston this year, coming into a three-game series that opens on Friday.

"They've given us a hard time all year," Martin said. "I don't think we're scared of them or anything. We'll see what happens. If we play them, we play them. We just have to beat them."

For the record, Martin added with a grin that he doesn't hate the Rays or the Angels, teams that would benefit if the Yankees handle their business against Boston.

"It's good baseball. These teams are going to be fighting for it. It's going to be fun to be the spoiler," Martin said.