Tigers catch World Cup fever

Tigers catch World Cup fever

ARLINGTON -- The Tigers hadn't arrived at the ballpark until well after Team USA's World Cup game against Germany had ended. They were still talking about it.

The Tigers had picked teams for the World Cup before the tournament started. Team USA, according to Max Scherzer, had fallen to Venezuelan pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

Victor Martinez has been following the World Cup closely, spotted frequently in the clubhouse with a Neymar Brazilian jersey. He's also a Barcelona fan who follows Messi passionately. Martinez himself grew up playing futbol in Venezuela before baseball became his career.

He sees the USA's elimination matchup with Belgium as a potential upset.

"You know what," Martinez said, "I think they have a chance."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.