MILWAUKEE -- While many big name American baseball players decided against the opportunity to represent their country at the World Baseball Classic, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun didn't have to think twice.
In fact, it was a no-brainer. If he was healthy, Braun was going to don the red, white and blue.
"First and foremost, it's an honor," Braun said. "It's a tremendous honor to have an opportunity to represent your country. You don't know how many opportunities you are going to have to do that. This tournament only happens once every four years and four years from now who knows - for all of us - what our health situation would be, where we'll be in the game and even have an opportunity to be invited."
Like all players participating in the World Baseball Classic, Braun's offseason routine was altered due to the tournament starting in early March. Unlike the relaxed feel of spring training games, the WBC puts players in intense competition a month earlier than usual.
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