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The Yankees apologized to fans for the absence of several of their starts (Derek Jeter, A-Rod, Johnny Damon, Al Leiter, and Bernie Williams) at Spring Training games.

"Thank you for expressing your concerns," the sign stated. "We are sorry that certain players will not be present for portions of spring training. These players have elected to participate in the World Baseball Classic. The World Baseball Classic is an event sanctioned by the commissioner of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

This whole tournament just throws a monkey wrench in my spring. A co-worker came up to me with some amazing story about the WBC and I couldn't care less. I don't remember even seeing one highlight. I just hope we can get through this train wreck without any injuries and get on wiht the rest of the spring.