The World Baseball Classic begins March 2 and when it does, a Wentzville-native will be front and center.
“Any time you can represent your country, especially doing your job, it’s pretty amazing,” Detwiler, who this winter spent a week meeting troops overseas on a USO tour (see video), told the Washington Post. “It’s kind of the last thing to cap off my offseason. I don’t know if any offseason is going to get better.”
The Washington Nationals have a lot riding on Detwiler, 26, this season.
Detwiler won a career-best 10 games last season. He also struck out 105 batters in 2012 and figures to play a key role in the Nationals' success in 2013.
"Det really started learning how to pitch maybe the last three outings (in 2012)," Nationals Manager Davey Johnson told Federal Baseball. "I mean, he has such a good fastball, and he's stubborn as a mule, but he could get guys out with just his fastball. I mean, a 93-4 mph sinker, well-located, and he pitched in good, but he found out that if he used some of his other pitches, his curve ball and his breaking ball, it would be a little easier."
But before he can help the Nationals to a World Series, he's hoping to add a different kind of ring to his finger.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Detwiler said of playing for Team USA. “I wanted to be able to one day hang a jersey on my wall and say, ‘I played for the U.S.’ And hopefully be able to show off a ring.”