Though Triston Casas appreciated the opportunity to take part within the Olympics, the Boston Purple Sox prospect nonetheless left Tokyo with a sinking feeling.
The USA baseball workforce gained silver medals — a heck of an accomplishment — however fell wanting its final aim of securing gold by losing to Japan 2-0 on Saturday.
“It feels horrible,” Casas informed The Boston Globe after USA’s gold medal recreation defeat. “We didn’t accomplish what we wished to return right here and do, which was to win a gold medal, however hats off to that nice Japan workforce. They got here out and beat us twice.”
The U.S. roster was distinctive in that it was comprised of veteran Main League Baseball free brokers, a bunch of minor leaguers and a few prospects, like Casas, who’ve but to be added to an MLB 40-man roster. Nonetheless, the People confirmed severe combat, pushing the host nation to the brink earlier than developing quick.
Total, Casas can take quite a bit from the expertise as he returns to america, the place he rejoins the Purple Sox’s Double-A affiliate in Portland. Whereas the 21-year-old may not earn a giant league call-up this season, he actually turned heads on the worldwide stage, displaying precisely why Boston picked him within the first spherical of the 2018 MLB Draft.
It’s additionally truthful to assume the chip on Casas’ shoulder is bigger than it’s ever been.
“I don’t need it, I actually don’t,” Casas informed The Globe, speaking about his comfort prize. “That silver medal isn’t one thing that’s going to be hanging up in my home, I’ll inform you that. I’m not embarrassed however it’s not what I got here right here to do. I got here right here to win a gold medal.”