After bringing home the United States’ first World Baseball Classic Wednesday night, Team U.S.A. manager Jim Leyland dedicated the win to America’s troops and said it meant so much because the team wanted “to make America great again.”
“I had the honor of managing for my country,” the retired MLB emotionally stated. “The coaches had the honor of playing for their country. The players had the honor of playing for their country, but this is really about the men and women who serve our country. That’s who this is for.”
“Like I said in my pregame,” Leyland responded with a smile on his face. “We were just trying to make America great again.”
Team U.S.A. defeated Puerto Rico 8-0, thanks in large part to six no-hit innings from Blue Jays righty Marcus Stroman.