12.15.2010

Dennis Martinez, 1996 Upper Deck

Name: Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez
Team: Cleveland Indians
Position: Pitcher
Value of card: Chewing gum residue in your hair
Key 1995 stat: 17 more wrinkles than mustache hairs
Clearing up some rumors about "El Presidente":
  • Martinez didn't have wrinkles. He had folds of skin that allowed him to store pieces of gum.
  • Martinez wasn't really a president. He had a mustache that was presidential.
  • Martinez wasn't the only one blowing bubbles in the dugout. He said to ask your sister.
  • Martinez didn't chew gum for the flavor. In his native Nicaragua, blowing a big bubble is similar to "flipping the bird" in the United States.
  • Martinez doesn't chew gum with sugar. He's sweet enough.

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