Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/11/13
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Joel Peralta sifted through his locker, his mind prepping for another day of spring training but his heart more than 1,000 miles away. On Sunday morning, the Tampa Bay Rays reliever continued his routine: changing from a dark-blue T-shirt into uniform for a game against the Boston Red Sox, holding court with teammates in a corner of a Charlotte Sports Park clubhouse, working through these slow hours in the weeks before Opening Day. Peralta was asked about the World Baseball Classic, and his tone turned subdued. He looked ahead, toward the back of his stall, feet to the left of a television tuned to MLB Network broadcasting WBC highlights from the day before. There was regret in his voice that he wasnt in San Juan, Puerto Rico, representing his native country, the Dominican Republic. There was regret that hes missing it all. Its awful watching those guys play and be there for my country, Peralta said. It feels like I want to be there, but I cant. Im kind of disa...
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