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USA! USA! USA! (UPDATEx3)

Posted by AB on March 5, 2009

The 2008 World Baseball Classic began today, on the other side of the planet, as Japan defeated China 4-0.  A sellout crowd of over 43,000 was on hand in the Tokyo Dome to watch the defending champion take care of business.

The United States, managed by Davey Johnson, will open against Canada on Saturday, in Toronto.  After a disappointing 2006 WBC, the Americans will attempt to regain dominance over the “national past time.” 

The World Baseball Classic debuted in 2006 as a contest, held every two years, with the best baseball players in the world representing their home countries.  This event was created to better help spread the game of baseball throughout the world.  Sixteen countries will take part in the tournament that will culminate in Los Angeles on March 21-23.  The pools and locations for the first round are as follows:

Pool A (Tokyo)                                              

  • China                                                  
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Japan
  • Korea

 

Pool B (Mexico City)

  • Australia
  • Cuba
  • Mexico
  • South Africa

 

Pool C (Toronto)

  • Canada
  • Italy
  • United States
  • Venezuela

 

Pool D (San Juan)

  • Dominican Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Puerto Rico

I hope that more people in the US will pay more attention, and take more pride in this tournament than we saw in 2006.  It’s likely news to many Americans that there is such a thing as a World Baseball Classic.  We are going through some difficult times in this country, as is the rest of the world.  Let us get behind our national team.  Let us take national pride in our “national past time,” once again.  This is an opportunity to put our problems aside and enjoy this great competition.

 

USA!  USA!  USA!    

 

 

UPDATE:

Kevin Youkilis, Brian McCann, and Adam Dunn hit home runs in the United States’ 6-5 win over Canada in Pool A play of the World Baseball Classic.  The US is 1-0, while Canada goes to 0-1 in the double-elimination first round.

 

LeTroy Hawkins got the pitching win for the US, and JJ Putz got the save in a raucus Rogers Centre, formerly known as the Toronto Sky Dome.   

 

 

UPDATE2:

Mark DeRosa and Chris Ianetta each drove in four runs as the United States exploded, offensively, to beat Venezuela 15-6.  The US moves to 2-0 in Pool C, and will advance to the second round.

 

Chipper Jones left the game with an oblique strain, but says that he”ll be ready to play in the second round.

 

Matt Linstrom got the pitching win for the US, while the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano was charged with the loss for Venezuela.  

 

UPDATE3:

The good guys lost to Venezuela tonight, and lost Pool C.  Winning the Pool is not very significant, because both teams will advance to the next round.  The loss will affect seeding, however.

 

The second round begins on Saturday for the Americans.  They will play Pool D winner, Puerto Rico, on Saturday in Miami. 

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