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New York Yankees SP Nestor Cortes humbled by opportunity to play in World Baseball Classic

Nestor Cortes saw all the World Baseball Classic had to offer as a teenager.

Still a student at Hialeah Senior High School in Florida, he didn’t have to travel far for the 2013 tournament, which included games in Miami at what was once called Marlins Park. Cortes, writing in a long and heartfelt Publication Instagram Wednesday said those contests had created a “hunger.” He wanted to play in international competition one day.

Cortes, of course, made the post to celebrate his sated appetite. A decade after watching the WBC games as a fan, the Yankees southpaw will pitch for Team USA in the 2023 bracket.

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