Speaking the language of baseball

With the WBC approaching, the sport's popularity in Europe is on the rise

Updated: September 20, 2012, 3:43 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

REGENSBURG, Germany -- After batting .340 with 13 home runs at Triple-A New Orleans this season, third baseman Mike Cervenak had hoped to spend this September with the Miami Marlins. Instead, this week the 36-year-old player found himself on a ballfield along the Danube River singing the Czech Republic's national anthem as part of a rookie hazing.

"I don't like to toot my own horn, but I think we were in key and we sang it very well," Cervenak said. "A couple of the guys emailed ...

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