2/22 Oh, Canada

It was a tough morning Monday for the Canadian players on the Cubs following the U.S. hockey team’s 5-3 win in the Olympics over Canada. Chris Robinson, a catcher from London, Ontario, watched the game with some Canadian friends from other baseball teams training in Arizona.

“We didn’t want to go to work on Monday,” he said.

Pitcher Vince Perkins, born in Victoria, British Columbia, was razzed as soon as he walked into the clubhouse at Fitch Park Monday.

Robinson played for the Canadian baseball team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, calling it an “awesome experience.” He does have a hockey upbringing — who doesn’t in Canada? — having played for 15 years.

“I used to joke I was a backwards Canadian,” Robinson said. “I used to play hockey to stay in shape for baseball.”

– Carrie Muskat

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