Representing his country was a dream Orioles center fielder Adam Jones had since he was a teenager growing up in San Diego.
Twice while he was in high school, he tried out for his Team USA age-group squad and didn't make it.
But now, the 27-year-old Jones will have his chance, playing for the United States in the third World Baseball Classic, which begins Tuesday.
"I got cut from Team USA tryouts when I was 15 and 16," Jones said. "I just wasn't good enough. They took other players, and that was fuel to me to get better. Even at 16, I realized that you've got to get better. Last one standing."
The lesson Jones learned was simple: Keep working,...