SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda
criticized players who declined to compete in the World Baseball
Classic, saying they have an obligation to their countries.
Lasorda, an ambassador at large for the 16-team tournament, said
he felt honored to represent the United States as manager for the
2000 Olympic baseball team that won a gold medal.
"I've seen a couple of guys who were asked to play and they
turned it down. They turned it down? I don't like that one bit. I
think you owe something to your country," Lasorda said Wednesday.
Lasorda was in the Puerto Rican capital, one of three sites
where games will be played in the 16-nation event, for an event
during which the trophy that will go to the winners was unveiled.
The WBC runs from March 3-20. Games also will be played in Japan
and the United States.