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Stalking Octavio Martinez’s Facebook page after his big night

It’s not every day that you get to catch a 300-game winner and seven-time Cy Young Award winner.  But former Revolution catcher Octavio Martinez did just that on Saturday Night.  He even directed the Skeeters to a 1-0 win to boot, after Clemens exited after three and a third scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and no walks, striking out two in his first start in five years since he was a Yankee in 2007.  After catching for the Revolution during the 2011 championship season, Martinez was snapped up by Sugar Land in the off-season expansion draft.

Octavio’s Facebook page has been a treasure-trove of well-wishers the last couple days, and I ripped a couple cool photos from it:

The starting pitcher and catcher always go over things prior to the game, but I have a feeling this meeting will be a lasting memory for Octavio.  Hopefully, he’s explaining to Clemens that he doesn’t like it when a pitcher shakes him off.  His face looks pretty serious.

Honestly, I’d rather have the Martinez shirt.  There’s just something about having your t-shirt jersey being sold next to the Roger Clemens one in the team souvenir shop that is almost as cool as actually catching him in the game.  Pretty surreal.

I enjoyed watching all the former Revs in the game (Martinez and Michael Nix with Sugar Land, Kennard Jones with Bridgeport), but it was great to see so many familiar faces in the spotlight, even if it was just for one night.  Who knows if ESPN will broadcast any additional games Clemens pitches for Sugar Land.

-Paul Braverman

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