MANCHESTER, N.H.–A few hours ago, Phillies shortstop Jason Donald got the call from USA Baseball that he had made Team USA’s Olympic roster.
"I was really excited," Donald said after taking batting practice at the Double-A Eastern League All-Star game. "My mind just started racing just thinking about everything. I don’t think I really heard too much after they told me that I made the club. Now hopefully it starts to sink in a little more. I still have a little bit, a couple more weeks here, l and I’m going to do my best to finish it out with Reading and then go on to Beijing and try to win a gold medal."
Donald, 23, is batting .301/.381/.493 in 302 at-bats this season for Double-A Reading. One of the better offensive shortstops in the minors, Donald doesn’t have any experience playing in international competitions, but his sound approach at the plate and line-drive stroke should be assets when the Olympics begin next month.
"You hear things, obviously with Cuba just because of our history with them, and I know just how good of a baseball country they are, but you know I really don’t know too much," Donald said. "I know they’re going to bring their best, as are all the teams, so I’m just looking forward to the opportunity."