Netherlands manager Robert Eenhoorn decided that it would be best to have his squad leave the frigid Holland winter behind and pack its bags for a two-week pre-tournament camp in Florida.
A's right-hander Danny Haren says his father is "100 percent Irish" and his mother is "100 percent Mexican," so it was quite a shock for him to find his name on the Netherlands team's provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic.
As a Minor Leaguer with the Yankees, Robert Eenhoorn remembers beating the big-league team on several occassions. Now, Eenhoorn, The Netherlands' manager in the World Baseball Classic, finds himself as the leader of another underdog squad.
Other countries will have a greater abundance of big league talent. But with Andruw Jones, The Netherlands will at least enter the inaugural World Baseball Classic with one of Major League Baseball's biggest stars.