Giants pitcher Ryan Vogelsong is set to be part of Team USA’s roster for the upcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic in March.
CBS’ Jon Heyman broke the story on Sunday, saying Vogelsong will join other old guys R.A. Dickey and Andy Pettitte as part of the Team USA rotation. The entire roster will be officially revealed on Thursday.
Vogelsong went 14-9 with a 3.37 ERA for the Giants in 2012, in addition to going 3-0 in the club’s championship run through the post season.
If Team USA can care enough to make it to at least the semifinals, Vogelsong has a chance to pitch in his home stadium. AT&T Park in San Francisco has been chosen as the host venue for the final two rounds of the tournament.
“Considering the path that I’ve been on, it’s something I thought would never be possible for me to do five years ago,” Vogelsong said Monday, referring to the honor of playing for Team USA. “To have the chance to do this is an amazing feeling. I’m really, really excited about being a part of it.”
Indeed, it is another great feat part of Vogelsong’s already great Cinderella-ian story, which includes being drafted by the Giants, falling totally out of Major League Baseball, ending up in Japan for three seasons, receiving a non-roster Spring Training invitation from the Giants in 2011, being an All-Star that season, winning the World Series in 2012. And now representing the United States in baseball’s biggest international tournament.
Too bad nobody in the United States cares about the World Baseball Classic.
[photo by Randy Chiu]