He had but one inning to give for his country.
He thought he had one more to give. The game was headed into extra innings, the winning team advancing to the championship game of the World Baseball Classic, the losing team eliminated. Kenley Jansen had needed just nine pitches to complete his inning. He said he came off the mound and placed a call to Arizona immediately, to rouse the Dodgers’ brass from a spring training evening and ask if he could pitch one more inning, in front of his home fans, for his homeland.
“I tried, man,” Jansen said. “I was pumped up.”
He said he was denied. Two innings later, so were he and his Netherlands teammates. After 10 innings of...