FORT MYERS, Fla. — Xander Bogaerts is catching a flight to New York tonight then will go from there to Taiwan to join the Dutch team for the World Baseball Classic.
Jackie Bradley Jr. visited Taiwan with Team USA for an amateur tournament a few years ago. That prompted this exchange in the clubhouse a few minutes ago:
Bradley: "You're going to lose weight there."
Bogaerts: "Why? I won't like the food?"
Bradley: "Put it this way: We ordered pizza and it came with squid on it."
Bogaerts: "Oh, man. Really?"
Bradley: "I was there four days and lost five pounds. All I did was eat when I got home."
Bogaerts: "I better bring some food with me."
Bogaerts was 1 for 2 with an RBI single today. Bradley was 1 for 1.