"It's always great coming back here. I loved my time with the Yankees," Martinez said while carefully avoiding stepping on the famed team logo in the grass behind home plate.
As Martinez spoke a few feet from adoring fans lined up along the screen, an extended video tribute to the former first baseman played on the scoreboard.
"One of our coaches brought it to my attention that he got tired of watching it," Martinez said.
Marlins pitching coach Chuck Hernandez, who was with Martinez on the University of South Florida staff, was content to simply bask one more time in perfect baseball weather.
"Beautiful," Hernandez said. "That's why everybody wants to come here."
Bob Bellone is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.