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March 19, 2013

Behind in the count

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Dud again, 0 for 3 in three WBC opportunities. And maybe it’s time to face the music.

Until Team USA and the MLB clubs vested in winning the WBC by motivating — in some way — the best American players to compete, Team USA will be no different than its competition.

Having said this, I must finish with this thought: My experience as Team USA third base coach in 2009 was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

I will forever cherish the friendships I made during the three weeks we were together. And like the players always say, there is no feeling that compares to having USA on your chest. I’m sure the same holds true for all players who represent their countries.

Playing for your country is the ultimate. Maybe that’s the bottom line. Maybe winning isn’t everything or the only thing.

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