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Strutting their stuff

Venezuela is looking forward to this month's World Baseball Classic to prove themselves on the world stage, the New York Times reported. Venezuelans are immensly proud of their baseball players. When I arrived in Caracas earlier this year, fans were glued to the TV sets in all the tiendas along the main highway watching a close game between Venezuelan baseball teams. This obsession sets them apart from their neighbors who are mostly soccer crazed.

Adrian Beltre tags out Venezuela's Victor Martinez on Tuesday. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Venezuela's baseball craze was recently spotlighted when the White Sox won the world series last year. Manager Ozzie Guillen wore a Venezuelan flag drapped around his neck at a celebration ceremony in Chicago.

Click here to read the New York Times article about the Venezuelan team.


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