As the World Baseball Classic heads into the semi-finals at Dodger Stadium, I want to look at two men with a relationship with the Baltimore organization -- one past, and one present -- the first being Brian Roberts, the other being Sidney Ponson.
Brian Roberts -- our starting second baseman -- has all been nothing short of impressive at the plate during the second round of the WBC. Obviously, we all know that he was a replacement for Boston's Dustin Pedroia due to his injury, but Roberts has served as a catalyst for Team USA. He's 4-for-7 at the plate, and finished a home run short of the cycle in the first game.
Here's the excitement Roberts proclaimed to the Sun's Jeff Zrebiec about being in the World Baseball Classic:"I've never experienced anything like that," said Roberts, who stopped by Fort Lauderdale Stadium yesterday before heading to Dolphin Stadium to join Team USA in its game last night against Venezuela, which mattered for seeding purposes only. "We all got in the clubhouse and said, 'Dude, it's only March 18, what are we doing?' But that's the emotion when you put USA on your chests. You can't help but feel that way. We haven't even won it all yet. We know we have work to do, but the circumstances and situation just warranted that kind of energy.
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