February 26, 2013
Russell Martin's WBC snub of Canada miffs Justin Morneau
'It's your obligation to play for your country' Twins slugger says of Pirates catcher
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins is proud to suit up for Canada at the World Baseball Classic and is irked that Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin would decline. (Reuters)

Not that Justin Morneau is a big wrestling fan.

Yet, he read with interest the news that the International Olympics Committee was set to drop Greco-Roman wrestling.

Why?

“The story mentioned baseball could be added for 2020. I want to hang on until then. I’ll be 39 ... that’s how badly I want to play for Canada in the Olympics,” said Morneau Tuesday morn, sitting in the drab visiting clubhouse at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

The Minnesota Twins first baseman helped Canada win a spot at the 2003 Olympic qualifier in Panama, but missed the chance to play at the 2004 Athens Olympics because he was promoted to the majors a month before the team left for Greece.

Morneau will play for Canada at the World Baseball Classic. 


Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin, who wanted to play shortstop, will not.


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