Wednesday, February 4, 2015


I just want to point this story out to everyone today.  It's from Yahoo Sports, from an AP Sports feed actually, but it was sent to me by BYB reader Robert Vetter.  Robert, thanks man...

The story is about Chris Martin who became a Yankee last month.  We wrote about it in: CHRIS MARTIN IS A NEW YORK YANKEE.

AP and Yahoo a great job bringing Martin's story to all of us.  Martin's job before he signed with the Yankees? An employee in an appliance warehouse. I'm not kidding:

" Chris Martin was as far from the bright lights of the major leagues as could be five years ago, working in a warehouse off Interstate 20 in Arlington, Texas, pushing 650-pound Sub-Zero refrigerators onto dollies for deliveries....

Drafted twice but never signed, he hurt his arm while pitching for a community college, didn't respond to surgery and finished school without a degree.

But at least he was down to one job.

He worked his own unique day-night doubleheader for a stretch, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lawn-and-garden section at Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse and from 5:30-11 p.m. loading 53-foot trailers for UPS at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Not anymore.

Come Feb. 21, the 28-year-old will be wearing No. 61 for the New York Yankees at spring training, a throwback to an era a half-century ago when all but stars worked odd jobs to make ends meet.

'Oh man, I'm pumped. I'm ready to go. Wish it started today'''

The full article by Ronald Blum, an AP Sports writer is right HERE

What the Yankees have done this off season has been interesting.  There weren't many huge names  that were signed, just supporting players that will ultimately come together in what will become the 2015 New York Yankees.  Now look, while the stories about Chris Martin are heartwarming, the underlying question for many Yankee fans is.... Can the team win?  We will see. 

Anyway, be sure to check out that piece by Ronald Blum today. It's a great story and to Robert Vetter, the BYB reader who send me this and asked me if we'd "Please do an exclusive interview with Chris?" My answer is simple... or you, for the BYB readers, I sure will try.  Reading that story, I have a ton of questions I'd like to ask Martin.  We'll see what we can do.

Thanks for believing in us Robert. 

To Chris Martin, go get'em kid.

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