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Former Yankee Russell Martin lives out dream at Olympic Stadium

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin walks off

Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin walks off the field with his father Russell Sr. as the Blue Jays face the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning of an exhibition game, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Montreal. Credit: AP / Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL -- Former Yankee Russell Martin lived out a dream this weekend.

The Canadian-born catcher, now a member of the Blue Jays, got to play baseball at Olympic Stadium, where he and his father, Russell Sr., attended games in Russell Jr.'s wonder years.

The Jays and Reds played a two-game series in Montreal that drew 96,545 Saturday and Friday. Olympic Stadium rarely housed crowds like that during the Expos' days. The Expos moved to Washington and became the Nationals after the 2005 season.

"This is more than opening day for me," Martin Jr. said Friday. "It shows that there's still a passion for baseball in the city."

Russell Sr. donned a Blue Jays jersey Friday night and performed the U.S. and Canadian anthems on the saxaphone.

More than 50,000 fans -- many wearing Expos jerseys -- rocked the 39-year-old ballpark as the Jays won, 9-1. The Reds won Friday's game, 2-0.

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