It was seven years ago that I predicted greatness for one Russell Martin. He had just been converted from Third-Base to Catcher, and when I watched the Jacksonville Suns games, it was evident that he was “cat quick” and a
real “baller.” I watched him closely next Spring Training and said he was the next great Dodger catcher. See, I don’t just watch the at-bats and batting practice – I watch the little things. I watch how a guy carries himself, I watch and see how early he arrives (Russ was usually first on the field – so was Juan Pierre), I watch his work ethic and when I talk to him face-to-face, I see if he looks me in the eye. He passed all those tests!
When he came up to the big leagues and replaced Dioner Navarro, he made quite a splash and the next season he was even better. He won the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards and the sky was the the limit for Russell.
I was a genius!
The only problem was that it was all downhill from there. Each year was progressively worse, and he was a shell of what I envisioned him to be. Then last year, he injured his hip and the Dodgers decided to non-tender him. They offered him a salary that was much more than fair for a gimp-legged, declining catcher. He should have taken the money and been extremely happy. But, he didn’t!
Russ Martin is a Yankee. He doesn’t deserve to be a Dodger.
After three crappy seasons, he could have felt he owed it to the Dodgers to come back.
I doubt he made much more money with the Yankees.
Russ Martin is a fraud.
I was wrong!
He wasn’t the next great thing!
You used to be my favorite Dodger, Russ.
Today, I burned your picture.
I hope they run you out of New York on a rail!
Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish!
What happend to the real Russell Martin?