Pumping up and winding down with the Sox

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Pumping up and winding down with the Sox

By Jessica Camerato
CSNNE.com Follow @JCameratoNBA
The Major League Baseball season is 162 games long -- throw in Spring Training and the playoffs, and the Red Sox could potentially play ball for nearly an entire year. So with all the games, sometimes played consecutively for more than a week at a time, how do players get amped up for every contest? And when the final out is made, how do they wind down from the adrenaline rush they've experienced during the game?

Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon, Marco Scutaro, and Tim Wakefield told CSNNE.com how they get amped up for and wind down from each game.

Adrian Gonzalez

Adrian Gonzalez heads to the batting cages when he wants to get ready for a game. When its all over, he likes to wind down with his favorite lineup of TV shows or books.

Amped up: I like getting loose in the cage. I really don't like to be too hyped up or too amped up just because I want to be calm and under control when I'm playing. I'm not a guy who wants to run through a wall. So for me, it's just going down to the cage, getting my swings in, and getting my swing right. I'm working on the swing that I want to have that game and just focusing on having a good body balance.

Unwind: For my most part, my wife and I just lay on the couch for a little bit until the adrenaline kicks down a little bit. We love to watch King of Queens, we love Friends, Better With You, and Modern Family. Then I'll go and maybe read a little bit. I'll read Christian books or the Bible.

David Ortiz
Music plays an important role in David Ortiz's approach to a game. Take the Home Run Derby as an example, when he asked for the song to be changed during his at bat.

Amped up: "Im always ready for a game. Ill listen to music. It depends what Im in the mood for -- hip-hop, merengue, some salsa, reggaeton. Music always has those lyrics that get you going."

Unwind: "Once the game is over, its over. I guess Ive been doing it for a long time that Im used to it (laughs)."

Jonathan Papelbon

As the Red Sox closer, Jonathan Papelbon spends an entire game preparing himself for just a few batters. Now in his seventh season, he is still searching for ways to wind down from the rush of recording the final out.

Amped up: I really try to get as amped up as I possibly can, but sometimes too amped is not good, so I try to get as amped up as I can and still be able to focus. Sometimes I just close my eyes and try to focus on myself out there being successful. Ill do that in the bullpen.

Unwind: To be totally honest, Ive tried 100 different things and thats the hardest part of my job -- when I get home trying to wind down and actually go to sleep. Most nights Im looking at three or four in the morning before I really actually calm down.

Marco Scutaro
One of the ways Marco Scutaro gets hyped for his next game is by looking back at his previous successes. And while Adrian Gonzalez prefers watching some lighter television to wind down, Scutaro tunes in to a different genre.

Amped Up: Ill probably listen to music, whatever Papi plays (laughs). I like to listen to music and watch some videos before the game. Sometimes Ill put on a video of all my hits from a series when I was swinging the bat well.

Unwind: I go back home and watch some stuff on my iPad. Ill watch a Colombian series, El Capo. Its about the cartel in Colombia, the drug dealers. I watch it to kill time and make my mind tired to go to sleep.

Tim Wakefield

Tim Wakefield has been pitching in the Big Leagues since 1992. After all these years, he finds the best way to get ready for a game is by sticking with a tried and true routine.

Amped up: I dont try to get any more amped than I already am. I do the same thing I do every day. Just because Im pitching doesnt make it any different. I do the same thing every day, even on the days I pitch. I go out and stretch with the pitchers and play catch and kind of burn off some nervous energy outside.

Unwind: I dont unwind, it takes me a while. I have a 30-minute drive home so that helps a little bit. Its quiet time. But other than that, I just try to go to sleep as quick as possible.

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Former Red Sox prospect Andy Marte killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Former major leaguer Andy Marte, a one-time top prospect in the Red Sox organization, was killed in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33.

Marte was killed the same day that Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Ventura was 25. Coincidentally, Ventura was the Royals starting pitcher in Marte's final major league game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014.

Marte, drafted by the Braves in 2000, was ranked the No. 9 prospect in baseball in 2005 when the third baseman was traded to the Red Sox as part of the deal that sent shortstop Edgar Renteria to Atlanta and Marte became the top-ranked prospect in the Red Sox organization.  

Marte was traded by the Red Sox to the Indians in 2006 in the deal that sent Coco Crisp to Boston and spent five seasons with Cleveland. His best season was 2009 (.232, six home runs, 25 RBI in 47 games). After a six-game stint with Arizona in 2014, he played in South Korea the past two years.  

Metropolitan traffic authorities in the Dominican told the Associated Press that Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometers) north of the capital.
 

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed in a car crash in in the Dominican Republic on Sunday morning, according to multiple reports. Ventura was 25 years old.

Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo told the Associated Press that Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it's not clear if Ventura was driving.

Ventura was killed the same day former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate car crash in the Dominican. Coincidentally, Ventura was the starting pitcher in Marte's final MLB game, for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 6, 2014. 

Ventura was 13-8 with a 4.08 ERA for the Royals' 2015 World Series champions and 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 32 starts in 2016. The right-hander made his major league debut in 2013 and in 2014 went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA for Kansas City's A.L. pennant winners. 

Ironically, Ventura paid tribute to his good friend and fellow Dominican, Oscar Tavares, who was also killed in a car crash in the D.R. in October 2014, by wearing Tavares' initials and R.I.P. on his cap before Ventura's start in Game 6 of the World Series in 2014. 

Ventura is the second current major league player to die in the past five months. Former Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was killed in a boating accident in Miami on Sept. 25.