For Cleveland Indians player Shin-Soo Choo it is literally win big or go home - and serve.
Choo, like any male from South Korea, has an obligation to serve in his country's military for two years by the end of the year they turn 30. And at 28, Choo's running out of time.
But he may be able to stave off his service. Choo was just named to his country's final 24-man roster for November's Asian games.
MLB.com reports that if Choo's team captures the gold medal in the Games, he would likely get an exception from the South Korean military. He missed the chance to earn the top medal for his country at the Olympics because Major League Baseball doesn't allow its players to compete.
But this go-around, the timing is right.
And it could mean good things for the South Korean's baseball career, which would be able to continue instead of returning home to train for the military.
"My first thing is that I'm playing for my country as best as I can," Choo told MLB.com. "If we play good, maybe we'll win. ... That's my first goal. Then the next thing would be my military obligation. But it's not the first thing I'm trying for. I'm playing for Korea."
The Indians' organization has fully endorsed Choo's decision, MLB.com reported.
"As always, with international competition, we leave the decision up to the player," assistant general manager Chris Antonetti told MLB.com. "In Choo's case, he certainly wants to represent his country. Provided there's not an injury or a workload concern, we are always in support of international competition."
And it's likely his Cleveland teammates will be rooting him on - if nothing else to ensure he can stay around and help the team in the next few years.