Originally Posted by roosterjuicer
it bugs me too a little bit, but did the feel the same way about wayne gretzky playing for canada in the olympics? the reason those foreign players play here is because there's no money to be made in their countries. they pay taxes in the USA, they entertain us citizens, they help us businessmen make money, then they go to their home country and play for free for a few weeks. not a huge deal.
especially considering that since there is limited roster space, most of them wouldn't be playing at all during the WBC.
Originally Posted by skullcrusher
If one is a citizen of this county, they should be proud to be a citizen. That's the way it used to be with immigrants. Legal immigrants. I don't want to turn this into an 'illegal immigrant' thread.
Seriously, A-Rod was gonna play for D.R.?
I'm not U.S citizen, but I can tell you something... some people plays in the team when he would be a star ..."The STAR", when he don't have to "earn" the titularity in the roster... some people plays because they love this game, any game.... in here several americans come and became venezuelans to play in our local prefessional basketball teams, this is because the basketball league put quotas on how many foreigners each team can have in their rosters, and this is not the NBA, so the money is out of the question... they want to live for/from the game...
Ok, A-Rod would be titular anyway in any team, but remember that some likes be THE STAR of the team... and maybe Jeter would eclipse that dream, that's why the venezuelan team pass thru a extended psicological training instead a physical training this year, the previous tounaments, was an all star group of venezuelan players, not a team.... this year (beside of the MLB of don't let play several venezuelans) we send a team.
Remember that many, most, to not say all, of the latin players in the MLB came from poverty, so to many of them when they become rich and famous their egos become in to something bigger.
...The joke is that Dominican Republic was eliminated by Netherlands!
LOL that is sad... very sad... they became the joke of the WBC...