There might not be a player on the entire Red Sox roster who is starving for the 2021 season to begin like J.D. Martinez.

It's really not that complicated. Once the games begin next week, that's when he can officially cut ties with 2020. That has been the light at the end of the tunnel. And now, it's all starting to get brighter. For Martinez, the dark days of 2020 are ready to be buried.

"Obviously I'm excited," Martinez told "I just want (expletive) to go back to normal, honestly. I just want it to be a normal season. I'm kind of tired of being judged on two months."

The exasperation isn't difficult to decipher.