Lowell man helps Sox pitchers see the signs
BOSTON (WHDH) -- With his eyesight at 20/300 without corrective lenses Jake Peavy was what Brian Martin had in mind when he came up with the idea to have catchers put stickers on their fingers.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia started wearing the stickers to help Peavy see the pitches he was supposed to throw, but the trend caught on and now Salty wears them every time he’s behind home plate.
"Games turn on one play. So a passed ball, a wild pitch can turn around a whole series. So this insures that the pitcher and the catcher are on the same page," Martin said.
Martin is from Lowell and while working with a few friends he came up with the idea for the stickers. He says they’re easier to see than athletic tape and easier to remove than nail polish.
"To be able to see the signs, it seems simple, but there are pitchers and catchers that miscommunicate a lot. And in the World Series you can't have that happen,” Martin said.