So much at stake for Team USA this time

After poor showing in 2006, Americans need to be a big hit in this year's WBC

Originally Published: March 6, 2009
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

So Mike Krzyzewski and the Redeem Team thought they felt pressure, huh?

What their little Olympic basketball ensemble faced in Beijing last summer was a Caribbean cruise compared to the pressure facing Davey Johnson and Team USA this month.

We're not asking them merely to win the World Baseball Classic.

We're asking them to save the World Baseball Classic.

Oh, Bud Selig wouldn't agree with that assessment. We know that. We know, in fact, because we've asked him.

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