Russell Martin's dad plays 'O Canada' on the sax
Native Canadian and three-time All-Star catcher Russell Martin pulled a Jon Snow and returned to The North this offseason, signing with the Blue Jays as a free agent. On Friday, the Jays returned to Canada from Spring Training, briefly bringing baseball back to Montreal for a pair of exhibition games against the Reds.
When Martin walked up to the plate for his first at-bat, the flashbulbs were firing as the crowd offered a standing ovation until the prodigal son tipped his cap to quell their excitement.
The real show, though, came prior to first pitch when Martin's father, Russell Martin Sr., dazzled the Olympic Stadium crowd with a saxophone rendition of "O Canada."
Martin Jr.'s full name is actually Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin Jr.. That's right: Coltrane. As in John Coltrane.
Which makes sense because Martin Jr. is like a jazz musician behind the plate and he's got the pitch-framing metrics to prove it.
Once his Friday performance was over, Martin Jr. left the field to another rousing ovation from the Montreal crowd.