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Adios Amigos! Latinos Dominate World Baseball Classic Finale!

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Latinos did indeed dominate the World Baseball Classic Finale and it wasn’t just Team Dominican Republic and  Team Puerto Rico!  The fans had a lot to say about it and they were plenty vocal  at this finale!   The Dominican Republic probably out-noised the Puerto Rican’s but it wasn’t because they weren’t trying. 

It started with the national anthems of both countries, both beautiful and bold and loudly sung by the local compatriots, and then with every strike, every hit, every call, every out, a loud and boisterous cheer would rise up from one side of the stadium or the other.  I didn’t really understand a lot of what the chants and cheers were about because I don’t speak Spanish, but there was no mistaken the enthusiasm from both sides of the field tonight.  And I loved it! 

I’ve always felt baseball was an American sport, my sport, and I’ve been rather complacent in that understanding.  I suppose secretly I felt it gave me just a tad bit of  superiority knowing I was an American spectator at “my sport” and no one loved and understood the sport quite as much as I did.  But that feeling quickly dissipated tonight as I watched how these two teams and their raucous rowdy fans with their horns and cowbells displayed their emotions with every bit the love, pride and enthusiasm I always felt was reserved for my team, my country.   And I found myself cheering just as loud as they were ~ for BOTH teams!  I mean how can you possibly pick one or the other?  You’ve gotta love them both, unless, of course, you’re from one of those two countries. 

And it wasn’t just at the game.  After the game we came across a young fan from Puerto Rico who was trying to take a picture with his cell phone of his one-star flag by holding the flag in one hand and trying to balance the camera in the other.  My sister offered her help as he explained he was trying to send the pic to his girlfriend.  He then gave us a brief lesson on the history of the flag and how important it was that they were in the WBC Finals.  Puerto Rico ended up losing to the Dominican Republic by a score of 3-0, as the Dominican Republic went 8-0 and became the first team to go unbeaten in a WBC.

But it didn’t seem to matter, at least not to this fan.  He was just happy to be a part of the experience.   And so were we.  The crowd was composed of Hispanics and Latinos happy, proud and loud, to be there.   It was exciting and humbling to witness that fan base.  I’ve attended several games in Mazatlan, Mexico, and it was the same thing there.  This isn’t just an American sport anymore folks, if, in fact, it ever was.  It belongs to all of us. 

Congratulations to the Dominican Republic and the Puerto Rican teams for an honorable display of  the love of baseball and patriotism combined.  And so, until the next World Baseball Classic brings all of us together again ~ sayonara, tot ziens and  adios amigos!

Baseball the Winner at World Baseball Classic!

Final Four:  Dominican Republic, Japan, Netherlands & Puerto Rico.

Final Four: Dominican Republic, Japan, Netherlands & Puerto Rico.

I was a little discouraged after the USA’s loss to Puerto Rico last night, especially after getting trounced the night before by the Dominican Republic.  I felt bad for our players who gave of themselves to the cause of honor and glory for the good old USA.   We all watched as some of their own teammates on Team Puerto Rico were bathing themselves in pride and victory, the first time their country advanced this far in the Classic.

The fact that I have tickets to the Finals in San Francisco on Tuesday didn’t help  either.  I mean who wants to spend the time and money to watch a game that your team isn’t even playing in?  Might as well watch it on television.  So I’m watching a replay of the 2012 World Series final game, where I knew I could find solace, and headed for the internet to knock off the evening before retiring. 

And that’s where I found this amazing article.  It changes my perspective on everything about baseball.   Now I can hardly wait for Sunday when the playoffs begin.  I’m going to start watching these kids very closely, trying personally to find the next all-star rookie from within the ranks of these four teams.  Good grief,  I might even find a new calling as a baseball scout ~ don’t laugh, it could happen.  Well probably not, but it gives me a whole new respect for those who are ~ scouts I mean.  

I love the concept.  I mean a true “World” Baseball Classic.  After all, isn’t that what this is supposed to be about?  In trying to promote baseball throughout the world wouldn’t it be a really great thing to have the World Series be just that, an honest-to-goodness world series?  

Take a look at this great article and see what you think.  I’m inspired.  And kudos to Matthew  Pouliot for writing it.

Repost from a Matthew Pouliot Article, HardballTalks, March 15, 2013.   

Let’s face it: the World Baseball Classic’s uphill climb as an event worth watching wouldn’t gain any momentum if Team USA ran away with it.

That’s why it has to be pretty exciting for MLB to see Puerto Rico advance past the U.S. and join the Dominican Republic, Japan and The Netherlands in the WBC semifinals. While baseball hardly needs a boost in the Dominican and Japan, it’s standing in Puerto Rico and Europe figures to get at least a modest boost thanks to this month’s tournament.

In the short term especially, it’s money more than talent than MLB is hoping to gain from Europe. But getting Puerto Rican kids more interested in baseball would be a nice boon for the league. It’s no coincidence that all of Puerto Rico’s stars on the field Thursday were over 30 years old. The only actual position prospect on the team is the Twins’ Eddie Rosario. And while I like Houston’s Xavier Cedeno as a lefty specialist, none of the pitchers would seem to have grand futures in MLB, either.

Puerto Rico just hasn’t produced much major league talent since MLB put its prospects into the draft. MLB teams can no longer set up there and develop the players themselves, as they’ve long done in the Dominican Republic. A nice run in the WBC isn’t going to undo all of the damage, but it’s a little something to try and build on.

The Dutch island of Curacao is already producing talent and even more kids there could be inspired to pick up a baseball as Andrelton Simmons, Jurickson Profar and Xander Bogaerts hopefully develop into major league stars. Throw in Baltimore’s Jonathan Schoop and The Netherlands’ infield could well rival the Dominican group come 2017.

As for the U.S. team, well, this was probably the best way for it to go down; it was competitive yet far from dominant. One imagines that the U.S. players will hear it from the Dominicans and Puerto Ricans in the clubhouse over these next several months. Whether that inspires a few more stars to suit up in 2017 remains to be seen; odds are the 2013 results will be largely forgotten a year from now. But I believe the next WBC will be viewed more favorably by the players. It’s not that we’ve gotten particularly high quality baseball from the teams, but we’ve seen a bunch of very competitive games and boisterous crowds. I think it’s the case that some of the guys who opted out — the Mike Trouts, Bryce Harpers and Prince Fielders — have watched these games and felt like they’re missing out.

 

World Baseball Classic Today ~ Game On!

world baseball classic march 2 logo

UP NEXT:  Good grief!  Look at the schedule. Well, okay then, but since I’m here on the West Coast I would have had to get up at 2:00AM to watch some of these games. Instead I used the handy-dandy technology associated with cable and recorded the darn thing.   Not quite the same, but I was anxious to see if Korea’s going to do the one-step bunny hop to resolve differences during the game if any surface (see previous blog).   I’m not sure why I’m so excited about watching the Classic this year.  Probably because the Finals are being played at AT&T Park and I have tickets!  USA a contender?  We’ll soon find out!  Stay tuned …..

garlicfriesandbaseball:

GFBB Note:  This is a wonderful video! Not even quite sure what it’s about but it’s a nice thought that a disagreement might actually be resolved this way. If this is the same Korean team that is playing in the World Baseball Classic Semi-Finals tomorrow, March 2, 2013, I’d suggest their Dutch team opponent learn the one-foot bunny hop. Just in case I mean …..

Originally posted on Beneath the Tin Foil Hat:

I really have no idea why brawls in Korean baseball occur like this, but it’s funny as hell. It’s too bad we can’t settle all of our conflicts this way. :)

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WBC 2013 ~ Final Rosters Include MVP’s & All Stars

wbc rosterThe final rosters for the World Baseball Classic include 45 of Major League Baseball’s “cream of the crop”.  Among those listed are Miguel Cabrera, 2012 American League Triple Crown winner and Most Valuable Players Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jimmy Rollins, Miguel Tejada and Joey Votto. 

Here’s a list of those 45 MLB players along with the country they’ll be suited up for:

JOEY VOTTO
CANADA
JUSTIN MORNEAU
CANADA
RUSSELL MARTIN
CANADA
 
 
EDINSON VOLQUEZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FERNANDO RODNEY
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
 Red = Duplicates
 
EDINSON VOLQUEZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FERNANDO RODNEY
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
HANLEY RAMIREZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JOSE REYES
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
JOSE VALVERDE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MIGUEL TEJADA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
NELSON CRUZ
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
ROBINSON CANO
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
 
 
ADRIAN GONZALEZ
MEXICO
YOVANI GALLARDO
MEXICO
 
 
ANDRUW JONES
NETHERLANDS
 
 
ALEX RIOS
PUERTO RICO
CARLOS BELTRAN
PUERTO RICO
JAVIER VAZQUEZ
PUERTO RICO
YADIER MOLINA
PUERTO RICO
 
 
ADAM JONES
USA
BEN ZOBRIST
USA
BRANDON PHILLIPS
USA
CHRIS PEREZ
USA
CRAIG KIMBREL
USA
DAVID WRIGHT
USA
GIANCARLO STANTON
USA
GIO GONZALEZ
USA
HEATH BELL
USA
JIMMY ROLLINS
USA
JOEY MAUER
USA
MARK TEIXEIRA
USA
R A DICKEY
USA
RYAN BRAUN
USA
RYAN VOGELSONG
USA
SHANE VICTORINO
USA
 
 
ASDRUBAL CABRERA
VENEZUELA
CARLOS GONZALEZ
VENEZUELA
CARLOS ZAMBRANO
VENEZUELA
ELVIS ANDRUS
VENEZUELA
FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ
VENEZUELA
MARTIN PRADO
VENEZUELA
MIGUEL CABRERA
VENEZUELA
MIGUEL MONTERO
VENEZUELA
OMAR INFANTE
VENEZUELA
PABLO SANDOVAL
VENEZUELA
RAMON HERNANDEZ
VENEZUELA

“Ichiro the Pitcher in Japan”

Great story from MLB Fan Cave.   Ichiro Suzuki started his baseball career in high school as a pitcher, regularly throwing 75-85 and occasionally 90 mph.  But in his last year, playing as an outfielder with a .505 batting average and 19 home runs, it was determined he should remain in the outfield. 

I love these Japanese baseball videos.  The fans are always wild and enthusiastic, a little crazy.  They love their baseball!  Listening to the announcers is a hoot, and even though I don’t have the faintest idea what they’re saying, you can always use your imagination.   Japan has won the last two World Baseball Classics and has won their first round for the 2012 Classic.  We might be seeing them in San Francisco at the Finals in March, minus Ichiro, who’s decided to sit this one out.  

A World Classic Final between Japan and USA at AT&T Park in March, 2013.  Now that would be something to see.   It could happen ~ stay tuned!

“Comeback Kings” The San Francisco Giants

 

“Comeback Kings” The Book

I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book; it arrived Saturday and I read it in its entirety Sunday.  All of the 2010 World Series “picture books” are in my library so this was a welcome addition.  The full-page color photo’s are worth the price of the book and if you live in the Bay Area you’ve probably seen them before in the Mercury News or  Oakland Tribune.  Good stuff!  Back in 2010 Andrew Baggarly, or Baggs as he’s fondly referred to by the locals, was the lead sportswriter and his monument to the season is captured in his book “Band of Misfits”.  But Baggs is nowhere to be found in the “Comeback Kings”  since he left the organization and is now part of the Comcast group.  He’s replaced by Alex Pavlovic and  a troupe of other  sportswriters who definitely hold their own. 

“By the time the Giants were done throwing haymakers, their hands were being fitted for championship rings.”  

This is a great line by Pavlovic.  Wish I could  write like that. 

SF Chronicle “Torture to Rapture” Book

My favorite 2010 World Series pictorial was from the SF Chronicle “Torture to Rapture”.   And it’s still probably my most favorite.  I’m sure they’ll come out with another for the 2012 season, but for sure the “Comeback Kings” is a great read for those of us who can’t get enough of these kids and quite simply just don’t want the season to end! 

I mean what are you supposed to do when your main source of entertainment is put on hold?  If you’re Rogers Hornsby,  you stare out the window and wait for spring.  And that’s just about it folks.  

But don’t forget the added bonus this year ~ 2013 World Baseball Classic,  March 2 thru March 19 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA. 

“Comeback Kings” Bay Area News Group. Published Nov 2012, Available from Triumph Books and Major Book Retailers.

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