National pride oozing from Team USA

The U.S. players interviewed Friday expressed an unflinching commitment to the World Baseball Classic, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Updated: March 3, 2006, 9:31 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- Dontrelle Willis made his high school varsity team as a freshman, so he learned 10 years ago what it means to feel all tingly inside slipping on a new uniform.

Still, the sartorial thrill he experienced Friday surpassed anything he ever felt as a member of the Encinal High Jets.

Willis and his World Baseball Classic teammates caught a 7 a.m. bus to Chase Field for a morning of photos, media interviews and their first workout as a unit. When Willis entered the home clubhouse ...

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