Duty calls for Indians' Choo

Updated: March 5, 2009, 9:56 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

During the first week of spring training, Jamey Carroll glanced at his teammate and thought about making a joke. Shin-Soo Choo, just days away from leaving the Cleveland Indians and joining his South Korean teammates in preparation for the World Baseball Classic, had just returned from the field.

"You're going to leave and we're not going to see you again," Carroll joked to Choo, who then laughed.

It was a moment of levity between teammates, but for Choo, politics and patriotism ...

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