National team director Greg Hamilton says players such as Smith, Jimmy Van Ostrand, Andrew Albers and Jonathan Malo earned their rosters spots with the Pan Am gold medal, Canada first at the event.
mean for them to be out here on this stage now, it something that I really hope there a big moment where one of them get to do something the whole country takes notice of, he said. they out there doing it for all of us that came up through the system and that kind of thing.
is not the word I would use. It something I would have loved to have been a part of. But in all reality, more in my heart is them doing well and getting onto the second round and hopefully doing a Air Max White Outfit
help but smile when he thinks about winning gold.
been part of the program forever, said teammate Tim Smith. was just too bad what happened to him in the tournament there. It a tight knit family. Guys, more than just him, other guys have come out too just to show their support anyway possible. It appreciated. We pulling for gold. are 10 players at the WBC who competed at the Pan Am Games in Mexico. They are often overlooked when playing in the shadow of major leaguers such as Joey Votto and Justin Morneau, but together they form the backbone of Canada international teams.
respect success, said Hamilton. respect those that have success and find a way to achieve, and that group was a special group. That why you take note of that when you have a need and you give them the opportunity to potentially impact a roster at a level that may be beyond where they got to in their professional careers to date. But they shown that they capable of really having an impact. Canadian manager Ernie Whitt can Air Max Boots
was like, finally. Finally. Ostrand, who drove in the two runs that won gold for Canada, is the player Armstrong says the team has come to rely on in the clutch.
He says there remains a bond between the players that provided Canadian baseball with an international breakthrough in 2011.
one of those things where I not sure even had I been named to the team health wise I would have been able to compete at this point, said Armstrong, who lives in Arizona and visited his former teammates to show some support.
that it had a little time to sink in a little bit, you watch the replay or you get back with these guys, some of the guys that were there for it, and reminisce a little bit. It definitely pretty special. Canada is hoping that success translates into a run at the WBC. As for Armstrong, who is nearing the end of his rehab and will join an independent team in April, he hopes baseball fans take notice of the players that helped get Canada back to the tournament.
PHOENIX Cole Armstrong gave up his leg to get Canada to the World Baseball Classic.
still see the kids out there crying. It was like their World Series, because we had never accomplished that, and that will always Air Max Black Blue be etched in my mind, he said. than any losses, I will always look at that win, more than anything.
it happened you so caught up in the moment and focus on competing and trying to get a win. Things like that, said Van Ostrand, who is expected to share some WBC time at third base with Taylor Green following Brett Lawrie injury.
Canada looks to 10 players from team that won Pan Am gold to repeat success
run at this thing. Armstrong was on the team that beat the United States to win gold at the Pan American Games in 2011, a matchup he and several of his teammate say was the biggest game of their careers.
Van Ostrand left his first spring training with the Washington Nationals to join the WBC Air Max 95 Wolf Grey Black
Armstrong was rounding the bases during the WBC qualifying round in September when he ruptured an Achilles tendon. After he was helped off the field, Armstrong refused to leave the dugout as Canada went on to beat Germany 16 7.
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