As Dodger Stadium sprang to life Wednesday afternoon, a day after an uncharacteristic damp muted the American semifinal in the World Baseball Classic, veteran manager Jim Leyland coyly decided to spread a little sunshine.
Leyland, winner of 1,769 big-league games with four teams, settled in for a pre-title-game media chat.
The least emotive man in baseball’s most emotive tournament, the person who has balked at talk of a bigger purpose, a bigger narrative for the U.S. in its first visit to the WBC final — America’s pastime, home soil, all of it — let loose an unexpected one-liner.
“We’re trying to make America great again,” Leyland said.
America was indeed great in...