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The World Baseball Cla sic is a divisive topic among many baseball fans, butformer MLB player Eric Byrnes takes a Jackie Robinson Jersey pa sionate stance in favor.Byrnes, on MLB Network's "High Heat" Wednesday, sounded off on owners and players not wanting to be involved in this year's WBC."Somewhere along the way, and I don't know where it was or when it was, it almost became cool to, let's say, shun the tournament. It also almost became cool to become anti-patriotic. There's something seriously wrong with that."As we're teaching the next generations, there's something fundamentally not OK with our greatest players not wanting to represent our country. If there's anything we can learn from Latin-American countries such as the Dominican Republic these people care Manuel Margot Jersey . They have a national pride that is absolutely over-the-top ridiculous, in a beautiful way. I think finally, for the first time, we're starting to realize here, within the United States, it's OK to be patriotic, it's OK to want to go out and represent your country, and have some pride in that."RIVERA: The WBC is a great thing, time to accept itByrnes set his sights not just on players,but the influencers driving U.S. players away from the tournament."I'm not even gonna blame the players, because a lot of the players are taking advice from Trevor Hoffman Navy Cool Base Jersey who? From their teams. From their agents. From everybody else. Well gue s what.Wake the freak up. If you're a Major League Baseball team, and you're an owner, and you don't want one of your guys going to represent the United States Jose Pirela Jersey of America, slap yourself in the face. If you're a manager, slap yourself in the face. If you're an agent, slap yourself in the face."Byrnes went on to question the whereabouts of MLB stars Noah Syndergaard, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout in this year's World Baseball Cla sic."If you're a Major League Baseball player, and you're one of the best in the world, and you have an opportunity to represent your country, and if you don' Padres Cool Base Team Brown Jersey t, I don't want you on my team. I don't want you on my team that represents my country, I don't want you anywhere near my big-league organization."While this year's U.S. team is certainly lined with stars, Byrnes brings up a point: Why don't the sports biggest, most marketable stars want to partake in the tournament?The United States faces off against Puerto Rico in the WBC finals tonight at 9 p.m. ET.