As Team USA worked out in Florida this week, Clayton Kershaw stood in front of his locker at the Dodgers’ training camp in Arizona. The national team would go on without the best pitcher in the nation.
Kershaw has heard just about enough of the primary talking point surrounding the World Baseball Classic: How much of a classic could it be if Kershaw isn’t playing? And how much of a classic could it be if Mike Trout and Kris Bryant — the most valuable players last season — aren’t playing?
“People saying it’s not a big deal to us, well, I tend to disagree,” Kershaw said. “I feel like it is an honor even to get asked.”
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