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Martinez's handshake deal

Victor Martinez gets the Indians fired up in a unique way -- a different handshake for each teammate.

Originally Published: August 26, 2004
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

Before every game, after warming up that day's pitcher in the bullpen, Indians catcher Victor Martinez walks into the dugout and shakes the hand of every teammate. Every handshake is different, 24 handshakes for 24 players, all happening minutes before the game.

"It's his way of getting everyone fired up,'' said Indians second baseman Ronnie Belliard. Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia said "with me, it's just a high-five because I'm so tall. He said he's cooking up a new one for me. He's ...

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