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Pride and passion on full display

Originally Published: March 7, 2006
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- So this is what baseball commissioner Bud Selig meant by "internationalization."

National flags hanging from stadium facades. Fans going back and forth, yelling, "U-S-A" and "Mex-I-co" to one another. And the world's greatest baseball players confessing that an opening-round victory in Tuesday's World Baseball Classic was the single greatest accomplishment of their athletic careers.

"I had more butterflies today than any playoff game or other game I've ever been in," ...

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