Blue Jays In Montreal Exemplified By Russell Martin
“There is something special about baseball that goes far deeper than being a game. It is the father-son relationship that is built, the life lessons that are taught in the process of playing a game and the ability to overcome not succeeding all of the time and still considering yourself a success.”
― JohnA Passaro, In the Zone and other Sports Essays
The Toronto Blue Jays split their two game exhibition mini-series versus the Cincinnati Reds in Montreal over the weekend. The fans flocked to the old Olympic Stadium in droves as 96,545 baseball enthusiasts herded through the turnstiles for another chance to witness MLB baseball in Montreal.
The weekend was capped off by the moments shared between Montreal native Russell Martin and his father. The elder Martin performed the National Anthems before the opening game, a moment that choked up the Blue Jays catcher.
The catcher was serenaded by standing ovations and loud cheers before and during every at bat during the weekend. Martin and his teammates would struggle in the first contest mustering any offense losing the game 2-0 to the Reds.
Sunday afternoon was the complete opposite as the Jays came out swinging touching up Reds pitching for 9 runs securing the game two victory.
The moment of the weekend was just before the 7th inning when Russell Martin Sr. came to the mound to remove his son from the game. The senior Martin shook hurler Luis Perez and Danny Valencia hands and fist bumped his son before the two walked off the field together to another standing ovation from the packed house at the “Big O.”
The two-game series also featured a few other Canadian story lines as Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Blue Jays rookie Dalton Pompey both hail from Canada. The second game also saw former Expo Tim Wallach‘s son Chad pinch hit in the 8th inning and take over defensively at first base.
Once again baseball was alive and well in “La belle province” proving you can always go home again.