LOOK: Montreal's Russell Martin gets standing ovation at Olympic Stadium
Russell Martin returned to Montreal -- his hometown -- with the Blue Jays for an exhibition game Friday and received a standing ovation.
The Blue Jays and Reds are currently in Montreal to play a pair exhibition games at Olympic Stadium, the former home of the Expos. Needless to say, the natives are thrilled baseball is back, even temporarily. Over 90,000 people will attend the two games.
The two games will also be a homecoming for new Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin, who was born in Toronto but spent his childhood in Montreal. Martin received a big standing ovation from his hometown fans prior to his first at-bat Friday night. Check it out:
Martin made his MLB debut in 2006, two years after the Expos left Montreal for Washington to become the Nationals. As far as I can tell, Martin has never played in Olympic Stadium before. Certainly not as a big league player, at least.
"A lot of memories attached to that building over there," said Martin to MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm on Thursday. "My first Major League game, going with my dad and seeing the Expos play, watching Marquis Grissom, Tim Wallach and so forth -- it was a lot of fun.
"I'm looking forward to the energy in the ballpark. I know when I go see the Montreal Canadiens play back home, the crowd can get pretty crazy and loud and energetic. That crowd times three or four is what I'm expecting. Hopefully we don't knock the roof off for getting too loud, but I think it's going to be close."
To cap the night off, Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons pulled Martin from the game in the middle of an inning so he could receive another ovation as he left the field. The whole night must have been just awesome for Martin.
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