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A day at the nail salon with Russell Martin

May 13, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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ESPN’s Amy K. Nelson has a profile of Russell Martin.  The stuff about him regaining his health and confidence and baseball prowess in New York is the point of the story, but you’ll be forgiven if your attention is drawn to some stuff in the middle portion:

“It’s not a good feeling when you’re putting down a sign, and you’re not really sure if they’re going to throw that pitch,” he says as a woman cuts his cuticles in the salon before putting on a fresh coat of neon green on his right hand. He settled on manicures because he didn’t like the feel of tape on his fingers and whiteout was too messy …  He also says he prefers pedicures because everyone should take care of their feet.

Nelson last profiled Luke Scott.  I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that Scott wouldn’t agree to be interviewed while getting a mani/pedi in a nail salon.  And that’s not a swipe at Martin.

Neat article. Especially the stuff about the relationship between Martin and A.J. Burnett, who appears to have benefited from Martin’s presence more than anyone.

  1. yankeesfanlen - May 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Wow, breaking news! This nail polish stuff goes back to at least the 50s for catchers.
    Since I brought it up and didn’t work it in yesterday, Happy 86th Yogi! And he is as far back as I can refer to that used it for sign recognition.

  2. clydeserra - May 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Canadians.

  3. SmackSaw - May 13, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Man, he looks smaller. Shocking.

  4. cup0pizza - May 14, 2011 at 6:46 AM

    The nail polish will match his panties and purse. Martin’s a loser.

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