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07/13/08 8:28 PM ET

Martin ready for memorable trip

Catcher to have family on hand for All-Star Game in New York

LOS ANGELES -- Russell Martin sat at his locker after Sunday's 9-1 win over the Marlins, excited about his upcoming journey to New York for the All-Star Game.

"It's going to be fun," Martin said. "Home Run Derby, all kinds of stuff, seeing a couple boys from the other teams, a couple of my Canadian fellows, so it will be good."

The event will be extra special for Martin, who also made the team last season, because his mom, dad and a few friends will be on hand from Canada, although they normally don't get to see Martin play in person.

That support, along with the honor of playing in Yankee Stadium for the first time, should make for a memorable trip for Martin.

"I feel like a kid every day I get to play baseball, but even better, Yankee Stadium with the best players in the game and I'm going to have some family and stuff, it's going to be a good time," Martin said.

Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.