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This One’s For You: From I-70 Baseball

Tonight, the St. Louis Cardinals and Fox Sports Midwest will air their annual presentation known as “This One’s For You”.


The game will be broadcast to troops overseas, some of them in battle zones, to bring a little bit of home to them wherever they are.  The pregame and postgame show will be filled with special messages from people involved with the team expressing their gratitude to those that fight for our freedoms.

For me, it hits home.  Uncles, cousins, friends, grandparents and my father have all served in countless wars and spent countless years in far away places.  We talk about the “ultimate sacrifice” that these men and women risk every day that they are out there.  The risk their lives, each and every day, so that we can relax at home with a cold beverage watching our favorite team put together another magical season.  The literal sacrifice, the time away from their families and friends, their loved ones and children, and even away from the ballpark is real and heart-wrenching.


Daniel and Elleanna Arana

My cousin recently had a baby with her husband who is enlisted in the Marines.  He was fortunate enough to be home when his daughter was born but deployed again shortly thereafter.  The status messages exchanged on Facebook, the consistent pictures of the baby and her daily activities, and his messages of love and solitude are enough to make any father tear up.  I watch this man, who is risking his life for me and you and everyone else in America, watch his young daughter grow up through a computer screen and the point is driven home hard.

That is what today is all about.  Heroes.  To me, in this moment, Daniel Arana is my hero.  For all he does, all he sacrifices, and all he has given up for me.

Today, I-70 Baseball takes a break.  Through the course of the day, every hour on the hour, people from around the internet will share their thoughts on the military, expressing their gratitude to the servicemen and women around the world.  No coverage, no trade speculation, no thoughts on either team or analysis of any kind.

Today, we take a break and invite friends of the site to join us in expressing our gratitude.  We ask that you come back and read the posts every hour, take the time to comment on the posts that touch you personally, share your gratitude with us.

To all of you serving our great country, we join Fox Sports Midwest in saying…

This One’s For You

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Bruce Chen Withdraws From Rotation

The Kansas City Royals rebuilt their rotation this offseason, leaving Bruce Chen to compete for a spot in order to continue being a starter for the team.  On Tuesday, Chen removed himself from the rotation.  Not for the Royals, but for the team being fielded by China for the World Baseball Classic.


Many players have expressed interest in playing for their respective national teams during this year’s exhibition of top players from around the world.  Bruce Chen was excited to announce that he would join team China for the March tournament.

Chen has pitched in past WBC tournaments for his native country, Panama, who failed to qualify for this year’s competition.  Chen, who was born in Panama, is the grandchild of two Chinese immigrants who moved to Panama to work on the Panama Canal, eventually settling into permanent residence in the country that became the birthplace of the Royals’ pitcher.

During a January interview, Chen expressed what an honor he considered it to be represent China:

“It would be a great way for me to represent my ancestry. Everyone knows I’m of Asian descent and it would be a tribute to my grandparents and a tribute to my ancestry.”

There was some question on whether or not Chen could pitch for China since he had previously expressed interest to pitch for the Panama team until they were eliminated in pool play.  The process proved to be a long and drawn out affair that threatened Chen’s own preparation for the upcoming season.

On Tuesday, Chen shared with Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that he had waited long enough and would withdraw his request.  Dutton shared the news via his Twitter account:

#Royals LHP Bruce Chen days he still hasn't been certified to pitch for China in WBC. Says he's waited long enough. Won't participate.
Bob Dutton

It would seem that Chen either grew tired of the process or identified his need to be in camp with the Royals throughout Spring Training to ensure his spot in the rotation.  With the overhauled look of the rotation this year, which will feature new comers Wade Davis, James Shields, and Ervin Santana as well as returning Jeremy Guthrie, Chen will be left to compete for the final spot in the rotation.

It appears he is taking that competition seriously and will give the Royals a long look at him going into 2013.

Bill Ivie is the editor here at I-70 Baseball
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