Ichiro, Beltran, Wright, Reyes, Big Papi, and…Sulbara?
I love the World Baseball Classic.
As we speak, I am watching the Dutch and Puerto Rico playing with the NED winning 1-0 in the 8th inning. This is an upset of epic proportions that may be overshadowed only by the Nederlands upset earlier against the Dominican Republic.
I just saw a 19-year-old named Juan Carlos Sulbara come in and get the K against Pudge Rodriguez with the bases loaded and the game on the line. There's a really interesting dynamic in the WBC because of matchups featuring no-name-nobodies who are either too young or too old to have done anything in the Show against the game's biggest superstars.
The WBC is proof that baseball features the greatest international sports parity. Yeah, soccer is huge internationally but the US gets the snot beat out of them basically every World Cup. It is interesting that the WBC has already become bigger and more popular than baseball ever was during the Olympics; maybe getting kicked out of the Olympics is the best thing that ever could've happened to international baseball.
Either way, I love seeing guys that for one reason or another have never gained fame, battle toe-to-toe with guys who are making millions every year (or every month).
This young side-arm pitcher has just loaded the bases with a walk; there's one out. This is probably the fourth such jam that I've seen happen for the Nederlands so far, but they keep finding a way to get out of these things. It's ridiculous!
I love anything that causes Bones to look at me after a beautiful double-play is turned and say, "Can you imagine having Dustin Pedroia and Derek Jeter on the same team? That'd be ridiculous."
I'll keep watching the WBC faithfully and can only hope that the Americans do a little better than they did last time; however, unlike international basketball, the Americans aren't expected to win. It's sort of nice to not feel like a douche cheering for your country to win [the Olympics featured a lot of me yelling, "Don't ease up! Keep shooting! Score 400 points! DRINK THEIR TEARS.]
FYI, Puerto Rico scored 3 runs and is now up 3-1 in the top of the 9th.
[big blue boxers]
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