I've often felt that the highest honor in any sporting arena is to represent your country. It's why Six Nations Rugby is one of the most entertaining and visceral sporting experiences you can imagine; it's why people cry when they're standing on the podium at the Olympics; it's the feeling that stirs inside people around the globe when their team advances to the next stage of the World Cup.

Sometimes it's not about the money. Sometimes, it can be about pride. And apparently that's something Justin Morneau has in spades.

"I’m not saying playing for your country is the same, but if you sign a multiyear deal you owe it to the city where you play to made a charitable donation — it’s something you are supposed to do," said Morneau. "Well, playing for your country is something you are supposed to do.

"You are obligated. It is a privilege to represent your country."