Final rosters for the World Baseball Classic have been announced. Confusion about his faux-Italian heritage notwithstanding, Shane Victorino was not named to the Team USA roster. With an outfield featuring Brad Hawpe, Ryan Braun, Curtis Granderson, and Grady Sizemore, it's hard to gripe. The dudes can play.
Jimmy Rollins will be the only Phillies player represented on Team USA. The Phillies do, however, have additional starpower in the dugout, with Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt serving as the team's bench coach.
Matt Stairs -- slugger and muse to mediocre poets everywhere -- will represent Team Canada.
Catcher Carlos Ruiz will be playing for Team Panama, or as Tim McCarver calls it, Team Venezuela.
"Oops wrong pills" J.C. Romero will pitch for Puerto Rico.
Team Australia will feature three Phillies minor leaguers -- Brad Harman, Drew Naylor, and Joel Naughton. Starting catcher for the team will likely be Lord Humongous.
As widely discussed previously, both Cole Hamels and Brad Lidge were offered spots on Team USA, and both (wisely, in my opinion) declined.
I'm probably among a minority of Americans who really enjoyed the WBC in 2006. It was really fascinating and fun to see fans in other nations embracing the game, cheering on their teams. Nationalism is FUN when it comes to sports! It'd be nice to see a few more Phillies on the rosters, but well, if WFC means no WBC, I'm fine with that.