Gold medals carry gravitas, and it was with that in mind that Paul Seiler, the CEO of USA Baseball, pointed to Mike Kinkade.
He is 33 years old now, his last major-league swing having come three years ago, his destiny that of a journeyman, and still, even with all of the hot-shot prospects in the room with millions of dollars in the offing, Seiler wanted everyone to be more like Kinkade.
Because he has a gold medal, a thick slab into which he sunk his teeth just to make sure that it was real – that everything was real. When Team USA won baseball gold in the 2000 Olympics, it was a legitimate shock, because Cuba had taken the three previous golds. And in the same vein, it might have been an even greater shock when, three years later, the United States, the birthplace and breeding ground of baseball, could not even qualify for the Athens Games, the country’s only stamp being a team of Americans with Greek ancestry who competed for Greece.
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