Brian Sweeney is playing for team Italy.
I had never thought of Sweeney's ancestry until this afternoon, but he piqued my interest. I simply did not expect him to be a part of any WBC roster, much less Italy's. The option wasn't within my realm of possibilities.
I wondered who else was on team Italy, and one thing led to another. Below is a map plotting the birth cities of everyone on team Italy:
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There are 15 other nations besides Italy in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. I bet a handful of them have player birthplaces that leave similar geographic footprints.
Fun fact: Italy enters the WBC ranked ninth in the world in baseball.