Ten things Russell Martin can’t live without

Ten things Russell Martin can’t live without

Last fall, the star catcher signed a five-year, $82-million deal with the Jays. This month, he’ll make his debut on the field. Here, the 10 things he can’t live without


1
My Lululemon pants
I’ve got really big thighs, so it’s impossible to find pants that fit right. The ABC pants from Lululemon are a life changer! They look great with a sport coat, but they’re as comfortable as yoga gear.

2
My luxury watch collection
My agent, Matt Colleran, gave me a gold Girard-Perregaux in 2007. I’ve bought three more watches since then, including a Cartier that I wear with suits. It’s an expensive hobby—like buying cars for your wrist.
3
My all-natural moisturizer
My girlfriend, Gabrielle, introduced me to Dr. Hauschka face cream. My skin takes a beating on the field, and this keeps me looking young—behind the beard, at least.
4
My homemade spine roller
I use this thing every day during the season. It’s just two tennis balls wrapped up with tape—you lie down on top of it and roll the balls up and down your spine. Sometimes you’ll hear a little cracking.
5
My favourite kicks
I’m not a sneakerhead—I know some guys like that, who have thousands of pairs—but I love Common Projects shoes. I have about 10 pairs and I wear them almost every day.
6
My beard elixir
Some guys in the clubhouse were saying I needed to tame my scruff, so my girlfriend bought me this oil at a barbershop in Cincinnati. My beard used to have the texture of an SOS pad, but the elixir makes it nice and smooth.
7
My caffeine fix
I recently got a syphon—a vacuum-powered coffee maker—and it’s like a whole new world. I can finally tell the difference between a great cup and the generic stuff you get at a diner.
8
My Tiger Balm
My dad used it whenever I had aches and pains as a kid. It’s a herbal Chinese remedy, and it keeps the muscles feeling good. I’m 32 now, and the older I get, the more I need it.
9
My silver money clip
It’s from David Yurman, the luxury jeweller, and it’s one of the first things I bought after moving up to the big leagues to play for the Dodgers. I’m not much of a jewellery guy, but this fits perfectly in my front pocket.
10
My juice shots
When I go to Whole Foods for lunch after training, I always order shots of ginger and turmeric juice. They don’t taste great, but they’re good for you. My body’s like a race car—I like to fuel it with premium.