I remember when I first saw Russell Martin. He had only been catching for a few months, but his footwork behind the plate told me that he was the real deal. In 2005, I watched him on Jacksonville Web TV (just about every home game) and in Spring Training of that same year, I watched him repeatedly be the first player onto the field before games. His hard work was legendary, and I predicted great things for him as far back as 2005.
Right about now, he has been a disappointment the past two years, but I think that anyone who exhibited his work ethic is ultimately going to succeed. The past two seasons, he has worked on “flexibility” exercises. This winter he just “bulked up” from 207 to 231. For those of you who say, you can’t put weight like that on without steroids – YOU ARE WRONG! When I was 23, I put on 30 lbs of muscle with weight training (I worked out with two 300 pound linemen). I went from 225 to 257 in about 110 days. High protein and lots of work. It was hard, but I did it, and I imagine that with todays’ technology it would be easier.
I believe that Russ Martin will return to his Silver Slugger and Gold Glove Status this year – He’s just too hard of a worker!
P.S. Excuse the fact that I am devoid of photoshop skills – use your imagination!
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