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Third baseman for hire for WBC
2006-02-15 19:50
by Bob Timmermann

Eric Chavez wanted to play for the U.S. in the WBC, but didn't make the final cut. Now he says he would like to play for Mexico and says he qualifies because his father was born there.

Of course, Chavez told ESPN not to put an accent mark in his name as they do for other players with Spanish surnames and he also has told people to pronounce his name "cha-VEZZ" instead of "CHA-ves". (If that's unclear, he wants an English pronunciation of Chavez.)

But if Mike Piazza can be Italian and Dan Haren can be Dutch...

If they used great-grandparents, I could play for the Austro-Hungarian Empire team.

2006-02-15 22:01:28
1.   das411
My grandfather was born in Austria-Hungary, went to grade school in Poland, studied at university in Germany, was captured in Russia, and returned at age 80 to a free Ukraine.

And this was all in the same city.

2006-02-15 23:10:32
2.   sanchez101
My guess is that he was born in Lviv, in either 1910 or 1911.
2006-02-19 12:58:05
3.   das411
Actually it was.......1912 :)

Kind of a semantics question whether Ukraine "regained" independence in 1991 or '92....or 2004.

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