This past winter, Canadian Russell Martin signed with the Toronto Blue Jays to be their starting catcher, which was huge for both the Jays and baseball in Canada. Martin has put together a career that’s included a Gold Glove, a Silver Slugger and multiple All-Star appearances, and now he gets to bring that resume and improve on it with Canada’s team. We recently got the chance to sit down with Russell early on his tenure as Jays catcher to get some catching tips for young ball players, talk some street hockey and being the cover athlete for MLB 15: The Show in Canada. DB: You didn’t become a full-time catcher until after you were drafted. When you were younger, playing street hockey or whatever, did you like being the goaltender? RM: I did like being goalie actually. Absolutely. I was a fan of Patrick Roy when I was a kid so it was always fun to pretend to be him in net. DB: So, did you grow up an Expos fan or a Jays fan? RM: I would say both. Because I was in Montreal, I was able to go and see Expos games live, so I was always a bit more of an Expos fan. But when the Blue Jays were kicking butt, it was unbelievable.
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@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 6:29 PM
Beats by Dre releases awesome Draymond Green commercial For sports fans, there are few television commercials more compelling than the ones that feature the world's best athletes. Nike, for example, has revolutionized the way companies market themselves in sport through the use of athletes such as Tiger Woods and LeBron James. Beats by Dre have taken notes and have also started to use celebrity athletes to promote their product. Check out this cool commercial featuring Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green. Just a year ago, the company released another 'Hear What You Want' commercial starring San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Suave commercials like this have helped engrave Beats by Dre into sport culture. We're just excited to see which star athlete will be featured in their next one. (H/T USA Today)
@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 3:56 PM
In one of our favourite wedding moments in BarDown history, this bride and dad put a little spin on the traditional father/daughter dance at a wedding. Everything was pretty standard until they both whip out the baseball gloves and play some catch (symbolically for the last time). But then the emotions started to hit us a bit when the groom walks over and the dad passes the glove to him, so then he’s the one playing catch with her for the rest of their lives (symbolically, of course). Really cool moment that we’ll keep in the wedding moments hall of fame for sure. We have to admit, this one got us a bit…
@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 3:45 PM
'Mad Max: Fury Road' is one of the most incredible movies of the summer, we're already calling it, but we think this Mario Kart-Mad Max mash-up trailer is even better. Mario Kart is one of the greatest games Nintendo every gave the world, and the Mad Max crossover puts two fantastic things together, making an even more incredible product. Watch... just watch, and you'll understand our excitement. Shout out to our boy Cabbie for making us aware of the video HERE, because it's definitely a must watch.
@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 3:02 PM
A couple of New York City police officers stopped by an open court to challenge the kids playing to a pickup game of street basketball, and did they ever show off their skills. We're not sure if these cops were basketball prospects back in high school, but they sure have the handles that make me want to believe they were. This officer in particular showed off a crazy jab step, turnaround jumper, and drained the shot with nothing but net. He looks a lot like Stephen Curry out there against these kids. We love to see officers going out into the community and engaging themselves with the youth in areas where police can often be feared. Kudos, to New York's finest! (H/T UPROXX)
@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 2:41 PM
It’s a Friday in the middle of May, so this party is completely unexpected, however, we’re commending the folks over at Uproxx for knowing exactly what our Friday was missing. It’s pretty random, but they made some pretty amazing dancing gifs with NFL player’s faces on them and they’re all very entertaining. Here are a few of our favourites, but you can check them all out HERE.
@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 1:30 PM
For some reason drop kicks from behind are quickly becoming all the rage in soccer. Just last week we saw a Venezuelan striker getting demolished by a fan kick from behind, and a post soccer game flying leg kick to the head, which leads us to this Peruvian goalkeeper becoming angered by a referees decision, tracking the ref down and brutally drop kicking him in the back. We're not exactly sure what can upset a goalie to the extent of him needing to drop kick a referee to help relieve his stress, but it's happening more and more around the world lately. Soccer players and faithful, no more ridiculous leg kicks to unknowing players and referees... someone is going to get seriously injured here! (H/T FTW)
@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 12:40 PM
Every baseball game has at least one brief moment when the atmosphere quiets down to the point where a pin drop can be heard. During a silent inning at Coors field, Howard Greer, one of the facility’s beer vendors, attempted to further entertain fans with his powerful opera voice. Watch him break into song during the middle of an inning, as his antics are pretty awesome, but could potentially get a little annoying. Talk about some serious pipes! The “Opera Man” was an immediate hit.
@BarDown) May. 22, 2015 12:21 PM
We love a fan draining a half court shot at halftime of a basketball game to win big cash, but soccer's version of the contest seems far harder. Pegging a top left corner shot in a pair of grubby running shoes seems like the task of all tasks, but this FC Randers fan by the name of Michael Hansen hit the shot like it was no big deal. The team might need Hansen to kick penalty kicks for the team from now on, because that shot was some crazy precision. Lets see where the hole was placed he kicked it into one more time... (H/T Metro)