In an early trade deadline deal with the Detroit Tigers, the Arizona Diamondbacks landed outfield slugger J.D. Martinez. Martinez has fit right in and made himself comfortable in his new digs.
So comfortable, in fact, that one Diamondbacks fan started a GoFundMe page for the Diamondbacks to resign Martinez at the end of the season.
The humorous, but serious GoFundMe page is in response to Martinez’s five home runs in seven hits as an Arizona Diamondback. Fellow Diamondbacks Jake Lamb and Ketel Marte have three each post-All Star Game.
Ptak describes Arizona as a “desert wasteland of sadness 24/7 mostly,” especially for sports fan as of late.
Unless you’re an avid follower of the WNBA or indoor football, you might feel the same drought Ptak does. Arizona’s four main teams (Diamondbacks, Suns, Cardinals and Coyotes) have not won a championship since the Diamondbacks’ World Series win in 2001.
If you do, the Phoenix Mercury have won three championships since 2007 and the Arizona Rattlers won four Arena Bowl championships since 1994 and most recently, the 2017 Indoor Football League championship.
The Diamondbacks have made three NLDS appearances since their World Series championship, losing two (2002 and 2011) and falling to the Rockies in the NLCS in 2007.
Ptak think Martinez is the answer to the drought.
“J.D. Martinez is really good. Like too good to lose,” Ptak said in the GoFundMe page description. “Let’s help end this sadness by resigning an amazing outfielder.”
The campaign only has one contributor so far, an anonymous donation of five dollars.
Martinez enters free agency at the end of the season. Ptak is hoping to make him a more permanent part of the team, not just a rental bat for the Diamondbacks postseason run.
However, Martinez’s salary is already $11.75 million for the season, approximately $5.1 million will be paid by the Diamondbacks. In free agency, the 29-year-old veteran outfielder will be looking for a larger contract.
If anyone would like to donate to Ptak’s cause, or just share, you can find the GoFundMe page here.