MINNEAPOLIS Tucked away in Brian Duensing's closet is a wardrobe of clothing he'll never wear again, everything from shoes to jackets, shirts and pants. He hasn't put any of it on since 2008, but he can't bring himself to get rid of it.
The wardrobe isn't his style, Duensing said, but it's special none the less. It's his Olympic wardrobe from Beijing in 2008, a tangible reminder that he was part of the last baseball team the United States might ever field in the Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee voted in 2005 to drop baseball and softball from the Summer Games beginning in 2012. They were the first sports cut in 69 years, and when the Olympians lined up in London on Friday night, the United States' group was without its normal cadre of minor league stars. It's a change, for sure, and a disappointment for the best young prospects, but for Duensing, being a part of that last team makes the memories all the more special.