WBC: 'Play Ball!' in any language

As it gets under way in the U.S., it still means different things to different people

Originally Published: March 7, 2013
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

Italy's World Baseball Classic roster has a 39-year-old former first-round draft pick who grew up in the Bay Area (where he attended Barry Bonds' high school) and now is a true World Baseball Citizen, having pitched professionally in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Mexico (for five seasons!), plus that most exotic of destinations -- fabled Hardware City. (Hardware City is actually New Britain, Conn., just down the road from the Worldwide Leader's headquarters in Bristol.)

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