Living in America
Leonys Martin is becoming more Americanized every day. The Cuban defector has daily conversations in English and is in touch with today’s pop culture.
Martin, 26, credits teammates such as Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz for helping him adjust to the American lifestyle, as well as his wife, Yaimira.
“She speaks very good English and helps me practice every single day,” Martin said. “As she tells me, ‘you can’t feel shy when you speak it.’ ”
Martin went through his favorite American music, movie and TV shows as he enters his fourth season with the Rangers’ organization.
“I love Usher, especially his songConfessions
. I want to go see him in concert, maybe next off-season I’ll go. I don’t know where yet, but I want to see him. I also like Drake, Lil Wayne and Bruno Mars.”
“My favorite movie isBad Boys II
with Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. It’s really good.”
“I love the Discovery Channel. They always have good shows and I like the ones that track the police.”
3 Home runs by Prince Fielder this spring, the leader in camp. He homered in consecutive games Thursday and Friday, sending a two-run shot over the right-center-field fence in the sixth inning against his former team, the Brewers.
He said it
“That day you feel like a little kid when you wait every week to play baseball … that’s how I feel about Opening Day. Butterflies in your stomach, it’s one of the best feelings.” — Elvis Andrus on why he’ll be ready Opening Day
Words of Wash
“I’m one of them mind over matter guys. It’s my mind and the neck don’t matter.” — Ron Washington, on how he gets over his personal neck stiffness