Relievers don stars and stripes for World Cup

Relievers don stars and stripes for World Cup

MIAMI -- With Venezuelan native Henderson Alvarez slated to take the mound for the Marlins on Monday night, the Marlins' clubhouse soundtrack featured a lot of Latin American influence, with salsa music blasting from Alvarez's new stereo.

But on the other side of the clubhouse on reliever row, right-hander Chris Hatcher pulled on an American Flag tank top for the U.S. Team's World Cup match vs. Belgium, which they lost, 2-1. His only complaint -- that it was too small. The website he purchased it from did not have any other sizes.

They also only had two shirts in stock, so he and Mike Dunn were the only ones wearing patriotic attire. While Hatcher's fit well, Dunn's stretched tightly over his chest.

After Hatcher and Dunn posed for a picture, closer Steve Cishek, who was supposed to receive a tank top in Hatcher's order, lamented that he didn't have an American jersey he could wear.

"You can't find an American jersey [in Miami]," Hatcher said. "The soccer store in the Dolphin Mall didn't have them, Nike didn't have them, none of the sports stores had them."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter