Team USA manager Joe Torre called Jones before Christmas and extended the offer. And what was the Orioles’ favorite class clown’s response?
“’I’m an American,’ in my best Toby Keith voice,” Jones joked in reference to the country music star.
Jones is expected to be the only Oriole on Team USA, but club executive vice president Dan Duquette said starter Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico) and reliever Pedro Strop (Dominican Republic) are candidates to pitch for their countries.
Meanwhile, closer Jim Johnson declined to take part in the WBC.
That being said, I will probably head down to Florida and watch the WBC in Miami and sync that with Orioles spring training.
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