Many MLB players and managers have dual citizenship.
Freddie Freeman, for example, is American and Canadian.
Randy Arozarena was born and raised in Cuba, but Mexico is the country that he calls home.
Americans Tommy Edman and Lars Nootbaar play for South Korea and Japan, respectively; and so on.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has a conflict of interest in the World Baseball Classic final.
The United States and Japan will face each other in the last game of the tournament, the one that will decide who goes home with a trophy.
Roberts is American, but his mother is Japanese.
We all know the impact that moms have on our lives, so it can be a tough choice for the skipper.
Roberts clarified his rooting interests to MLB insider Fabian Ardaya.
“’I’m pulling for the U.S.,’ Dave Roberts said of tonight’s WBC final. ‘Sorry mom,’” he said per the tweet.
“I’m pulling for the U.S.,” Dave Roberts said of tonight’s WBC final. “Sorry mom.”
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 21, 2023
Actually, Roberts was born in Naha, Okinawa, Japan.
His father, Waymon, was a United States Marine stationed in Japan.
There, he married Eiko, Roberts’s mother.
It’s fair to say his upbringing had a little bit of both cultures.
One has to think he had a heavy Japanese influence in his life, but he has lived most of it in America.
It’s only logical that he chooses to root for United States, although he has a great deal of respect for Japan.
The US and Japan have been the two best teams in the 2023 Classic and are just one win away from making history.
Japan can become the first country to win three trophies, and USA can tie them at two wins apiece if they get the victory on Tuesday night.NEXT: Freddie Freeman Comments On Why The Dodgers Are Still Stacked