World Baseball Classic takes over Arizona

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The World Baseball Classic has made its return to the Valley.  And for baseball fans, there's not a better opportunity to watch your favorite players represent their native countries.

“It’s an opportunity for teams all around the World to showcase their skills,” World Baseball Classic ambassador Luis Gonzalez stated. “They are All-Star players from all over and they are just coming out to compete in this tournament.”

The World Baseball Classic is back for the third time. The tournament features 16 countries that are competing to be crowned champion and to demonstrate pride for their native countries.

“There is a lot of pride,” Gonzalez said. “A lot of these players take pride in whatever country they are playing for. A lot of these guys take pride in going out there and representing their country to win it all. If these guys win, whatever country wins, these guys are considered heroes in their countries.”

To have the event kick off in Arizona is a great way to showcase the Valley to thousands of spectators making the trip in for the WBC.

“We are fortunate to have Salt River Fields here and to move it over to Chase Field. To have it here in Arizona means a lot to us.” Gonzalez added.

Team USA will begin play Friday evening against Mexico.  That game will take place at Chase Field starting at 7 p.m. 

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