Three Marlins – Cristian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, and Martin Prado – are playing in the World Baseball Classic (the first two for the United States, the last for Venezuela). Yelich was so excited by the prospect of playing for his country that he accepted the invitation without even realizing he would get paid.
This is not the case with a number of MLB stars, who didn’t want to interrupt their spring training to risk injury playing in intense games. (The WBC is the true World Series.) In the 1950s, Ted Williams interrupted his career to risk death flying fighter planes in the Korean War.
One more reason to be a Marlins fan.