Martin's energy drives Dodgers 

April, 17, 2007
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LOS ANGELES -- On the night when baseball honored and respected Jackie Robinson's place in America's heritage, when the dignity of Jackie and Rachel Robinson, Henry Aaron, Frank Robinson, Don Newcombe and so many others resounded across our national landscape, the current Dodger who best represents the fire, greatness and example of the most significant athlete in this country's history played the part of his father's hero from Robinson's 1946 stint in Montreal.

It was no one-hit wonder that Russell Martin had three hits, stole a base, scored three runs, knocked in two and threw out a baserunner on Jackie Robinson Night. Martin is, without doubt, the Dodgers' best player, not only because he is arguably the best defensive (and certainly the most athletic) catcher in the National League or because he finished that night hitting .366.

But because Martin plays like Robinson, sixty years later.


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