Martinez grateful for family, Corbin at holidays

Nats manager reflects on past season, Christmas memories

December 15th, 2018
Paul Kim

LAS VEGAS -- Nats manager Dave Martinez has seen his roster receive a bit of an overhaul this offseason, with more moves almost certainly on the horizon. As he prepares to begin his second holiday season as a big league manager, Martinez can already thank general manager Mike Rizzo for an early Christmas gift -- free-agent left-hander .

In the past, Martinez has spent time giving out gifts at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy and he made an effort to spend some time in D.C. this offseason.

Martinez took a few extra minutes to sit down with at the Winter Meetings and share some of his holiday plans and memories. What are your plans for the holidays?

Martinez: I think I'm going to go to Tennessee, then go hang with my kids a little bit [in Tampa]. See my granddaughters. I was just in Tampa and did my Christmas shopping just so I didn't have to mail anything. What's Christmas like in the Martinez household?

Martinez: It's fun. Laid-back. Nice to be with loved ones. We relax ... we do eat a lot, though. What are some memorable gifts you've ever given?

Martinez: It's tough because my son's birthday is on the 15th, so we bought him a car for his birthday, but it was also a Christmas gift. That was a big deal, it was his first car. We bought him a nice [Chevrolet] Avalanche. It was his 17th birthday; he'll be 30 this year. Most memorable gift you've ever received?

Martinez: One thing that stands out right now is Pat Corbin. That's pretty good. [Laughs.] You know, last year was special for me just because it was my first Christmas as a manager, so for me that was a gift. I worked hard to get where I'm at, so it was nice. What gift would you give to your coaching staff?

Martinez: Hmm, that's a tough one … my coaching staff likes backpacks. I don't know why, they're into backpacks. I actually might do that, maybe I'll send them all a nice backpack. Backpacks? Any special brand?

Martinez: No, just a regular backpack. Last year we all got backpacks in Spring Training and they got all jacked up. Same color backpack, they were all happy. Favorite part of the holiday season?

Martinez: Just getting to spend it with my family.