"Twenty-eight guys would have offered to do the same thing," Wright said of his gesture. "There's nothing I was doing that anybody else wouldn't do. I took the idea to a couple of the older guys on the team to see if it was a good idea, see if they gave it the thumbs up. They all loved it."
Perez, 27, was a sargeant with the 82nd Airborne deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq when he suffered his injury. He attended the elimination game Tuesday in which the United States, down 5-3, scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to advance. As Perez waited in his motorized wheelchair at a gate outside Dolphin Stadium, hoping to acquire autographs on an American flag he carried with him during his tour of duty, a stadium security officer escorted him to the Team USA clubhouse, where players invited him in as they celebrated the victory.
Perez said Tuesday after meeting the players that he would like to watch the U.S. win the tournament at Dodger Stadium. "If we make it to the final, I will definitely go to L.A.," he said.
Now, because of the gesture of Wright and his teammates, Perez could be on his way. Wright was in the process of obtaining Perez's contact information Wednesday night before the U.S. team was to play a seeding game against Venezuela.
The U.S. needs a replacement for
"It's not fair to ask an outfielder to come into the infield," manager
The Americans could add
But Seiler backtracked somewhat when a reporter informed him that Cubs GM
Dunn, by the way, stood outside the USA clubhouse in a public hallway at Dolphins Stadium before the game in his undershirt, undershorts and jock strap with protective cup, pronouncing himself ready for first base. But Dunn said he had no idea where he would play for his major league team, the Nationals, after the WBC.
"I really don't know where I'm playing with the Nationals," he said. "I have no idea. Really."
International baseball regulations require provisional rosters to submitted one month in advance of competition, in part because all such players are subject to international drug testing protocols, including making themselves available at any time to drug testers. Under Johnson's idea, a player added to the provisional roster this late in the competition would have skirted all drug testing protocols that apply to all other players.
The lesson is to be more efficient in constructing a provisional roster, including the inclusion of players who can play multiple positions. In addition, the USA put 21 pitchers on its 43-man provisional roster.
The Americans, though, still have up to three roster spots they could fill, spots to replace Youkilis, third baseman
"We have not reached out to anyone to replace any of our injured players," Seiler said after the game last night.
Seiler said there was no need to replace Lindstrom because the staff already had enough pitchers to cover the maximum of two remaining games. If the USA does not add a position player, however, it will go into the semifinals with just a two-man bench: backup catcher
"We're going with what got us here," Johnson said.
The starting lineup is likely to be pitcher
The team has the option to add up to two players from among seven choices on the provisional roster: Lee, outfielders
The team did receive another scare Thursday when
"We absolutely cherished that moment as a team," said pitcher
When asked if that win would encourage more star American players to take part in future WBCs, Peavy said, "I can't imagine anybody who is healthy turning down this opportunity. We have guys who have won world championships calling last night the happiest and most memorable moment of their baseball careers. Last night absolutely overshadows anything I've done in baseball."
The bottom line is today there are many American big leaguers out there --