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Rosenthal adds a few Tribe tidbits

By jcfortun Published: April 21, 2009

Fox sports columnist Ken Rosenthal had a few tribe tidbits in his column today....

-- Rosenthal talked to Victor Martinez and CC Sabathia about the first time they faced each other.  The two have played together since Class A. 

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia said his weirdest moment against the Indians occurred in the first time his former catcher, Victor Martinez, stepped to the plate.

Martinez, too, was struck by the encounter.

When I asked him about Sabathia two days after they faced each other, he said, "You just said his name and my heart got quicker. I can't really describe how weird it felt when I walked out to the batter's box and looked at CC."

Sabathia and Martinez first became teammates in 1999, playing for the Indians' Class A affiliate in the New York-Penn League. At the time, Martinez was 20 and Sabathia 18.

"For a second, I didn't hear any crowd, any people," Martinez continued. "I just looked at CC and my first thought was, 'How amazing is this game?' One day you're here, and the next day you're there.

"I said hello, tipped my helmet. He responded the same way. It was special for me. I don't think I'm going to forget that day." 

-- Rosenthal also spoke to Mark DeRosa about the most surprising player on the Indians.
Asked which of his new Indians teammates surprised him the most as a player, DeRosa chose outfielder Shin-Soo Choo. Manager Eric Wedge, describing Choo as a true five-tool talent, says the native of Korea eventually will steal more bases. Choo, 26, stole 40 bases at Class AA in 2004 and 26 at AAA in '06.

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