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."
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