Reliving his 2006 heroics …

sternclappAdam Stern was the unquestioned hero for Team Canada against the U.S. during round-robin action at the 2006 World Baseball Classic. The centre-fielder went 3-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run and 4 RBIs to lead Canada to an 8-6 win over the Americans. This winter I caught up with the London, ON native at his new indoor baseball facility — Centrefield Sports.

This is what Stern had to say about playing for his country …

“Every kid grows up wanting to play in the big leagues, there’s no question. But, when you’re sitting there — especially in a tournament like the WBC where it’s the best Canadian players, and you can say ‘listen, I’m one of the best 25 players in my country’, and put that uniform on, I mean there’s a lot of pride that goes into it.”

And this was his response when asked about Team Canada’s win over the U.S. …

We kind of had to pinch ourselves … we didn’t know what was going on. This is the biggest game that Canada has ever played in the history of baseball. It’s not just beating the U.S.A., it’s putting yourselves on the map as a baseball country. You gotta say, ‘listen, we did it,’ and no one is ever going to take that away from that team.”

Here’s hoping the Canadians bring some of that 2006 magic to Rogers Centre tomorrow afternoon …


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