How ironic would it be if 36-year old Russell Martin was the missing link? Moreover, if the Dodgers win the 2019 World Series – finally bringing an elusive title back to Los Angeles – Martin could go down as the player who put the Dodgers over the top.
It could be a little premature to speak this way. That is unless you’re hearing Russell Martin talk.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 11, 2019
Martin recently had a conversation with Ken Gurnick over at MLB.com. Within the conversation, Martin expressed that he has more left to do within the game of baseball. One of these things is to bring a title back to Los Angeles.
“I don’t want this to be my last year. Coming off a year where I feel I underperformed offensively, I’m looking for a bounce-back year and I’m looking for a championship. I’m still hungry for that. That keeps me motivated. I know the team in L.A. got close last year and they’re really hungry for it.”
That sounds like fire, Russell. Tell us more!
“There’s something about putting on that Dodgers uniform that can bring out the magic in you,” Martin said. “I hope to get some of that magic this year. It’s a big year for me. I need to have a good year or nobody’s going to want to have me. The motivation is there.”
Obviously, when the Dodgers traded for Russell Martin last week; they brought back a player who takes pride putting on the threads. Equally important, that player filled a vital need. However, it should not be underestimated the value that a player like Martin can bring with this kind of passion while serving as a clubhouse leader.
I am only one man – but I have a good feeling about Martin’s final go-around in Los Angeles.
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