Freddie Freeman’s bittersweet story about representing Canada in WBC

Most observers expected the Nats to have a dangerous lineup this season, but few predicted this kind of firepower. The Nationals lead baseball with 139 runs scored, and have the best OPS (.817) as well. It seems everyone is off to a hot start. Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Trea Turner and Adam Lind are all hitting over .300, and Harper, Murphy and Zimmerman ranked in the top five in the NL in RBIs entering Thursday.

When you’re scoring runs in clusters, it can mask some deficiencies. The Nats bullpen is still a work in progress, as the Nationals are near the bottom of the MLB rankings in team ERA. Dusty Baker and his staff can breathe a little easier knowing a three-run blast from Harper or Zimmerman can make up for a hanging curve from a middle reliever.

Coming off a 9-1 road trip, the Nats head home Friday to begin a series against the Mets.

Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman showed that even a native-born American has reasons to be proud to represent a different country in the World Baseball Classic.

Tweeting out a note Wednesday night, Freeman said he couldn’t be more excited to play for Canada in next month’s tournament.

The note explained why: His dad and late mother, both Canadian-born, met and were married in Oshawa. Freeman’s family eventually relocated to California, where he was born in Fountain Valley in 1989.

“Long story short,” Freeman writes, in part, “my parents got married Detroit Lions Cheap Jerseys in Oshawa … and made their home in California. My mother passed away when I was 10 years old of melanoma skin cancer. It is going to be a very emotional day for me when I put on that Canada uniform come March 9th. I carry my mother with me everyday and I can’t wait to represent her by playing in her honor. Thank you team Canada for letting me play to honor her and my family!!”

The WBC begins March 6. Canada opens play March 9 against the Dominican Republic.