Tampa Bay Rays utility man Ben Zobrist has been named to Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Zobrist was the only member of the Rays to make the USA squad which begins play Friday March 8th against Mexico.
This will be the third World Baseball Classic since it's inception in 2006. In that year, Team USA advanced out of Round One by going 2-1 including a 17-run victory over of South Africa. They were knocked out in Round Two, but not before earning a dramatic win over eventual champion Japan, in which Alex Rodriguez drove the winning run on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 9th inning. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, David Wright drove in the winning run on a walk-off single to reach the Semi-Finals where they were knocked out of the tournament in by eventual champion Japan.