* Pittsburgh Pirates Russell Martin was booed by Canadian fans when the Blue Jays visited Canada. .... Day VII with Team Canada, a win over Mexico
By Bob Elliott
BRADENTON -- There were some Team Canada fans amongst the crowd of 8,439 fans at McKechnie Field Wednesday afternoon.
Each time Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin was introduced into the batter’s box his name was greeted by a smattering of boos. Nothing like a Boston Red Sox player at the New York Yankees spring home in Tampa, but boos nonetheless.
Martin had agreed to catch for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic in Phoenix and then eight days before said he’d only go if he could play shortstop because his body couldn’t take the pounding this early in the season.
Blue Jays second baseman Emilio Bonifacio stole second base in the first beating Martin’s throw and again in the third.
On the second successful steal a fan yelled out “Hey Martin! It’s an easier throw from shortstop!”
Martin who singled and walked in three trips, was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Melky Cabrera to end the third.