Your Detroit Tigers will have some representation on Team USA, with today's announcement that Curtis Granderson has accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Granderson has worked as an ambassador for baseball in Africa and China over the past two years, so participating in international play shouldn't be much of a surprise.
According to Jason Beck, Granderson will join Cleveland's Grady Sizemore and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun in the outfield. So who plays center between Grady and Grandy? Rock, Paper, Scissors sounds like the only fair way to decide that.
Other Tigers participating in this year's WBC are Carlos Guillen, Magglio Ordonez, and Miguel Cabrera, who are expected to play for Venezuela. Placido Polanco could also play for the Dominican Republic.
Workouts for Team USA begin March 2 in Clearwater, FL, with their first game scheduled for March 7 against Canada at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Team USA and Canada comprise Pool C of the tournament's first round, along with Italy and Venezuela. Tickets are still available for the Pool C games and can be purchased here. The winner and runner-up will go onto Miami to play the Pool D winners.
Meanwhile, check out what Rogo wrote about Granderson at DesigNate Robertson.