World Series: JT Realmuto Learned Success From his Wrestling Family
A lot of his success came from his father’s coaching expertise. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
The Boston Red Sox had a lot of big names in their lineup. But they had a problem. The biggest part of their lineup was a part that hadn’t worked in a long time — their starting catcher, J.T. Realmuto.
Realmuto came into the 2015 season on an offseason deal, but he wasn’t on the Opening Day roster. So, the Red Sox called about 10 people in the organization who had a hand in the team’s catcher’s success. Their goal: Help Realmuto get on the field.
“You want to get him on the team. You want to give him that opportunity,” Red Sox general manager Mike Dee said. “He’s our guy. … You want to put him in a role where he’s a factor. You want to get him on the field, and you want him at his best. You want him to be the catcher who puts up big numbers and gets you within a 1 or 2 run game. You want him at his best.”
And the Red Sox got Realmuto, and he made his 2015 season the most-watched catcher in baseball, finishing with a.318 batting average, 10 home runs, and 59 RBIs.
The first time he saw an opening in his game, Realmuto saw J.T. Realmuto. The Red Sox’s assistant general manager, Matt Rose, had been watching J.D. Martinez’s games when Martinez got hurt and couldn’t catch anymore. So, he asked Dee to put a team meeting together for him to discuss his plans for the catching position.
“He had a lot of stuff to go through with his dad and his parents about what he needed to do,” Rose said. “And, we talked for a good hour, probably an hour and a half.