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AHeneen
03-09-2009, 09:18 AM
I'm not much of a baseball fan, but checking out the WBC has been rather interesting. It started on the 5th and there have been several good games/surprises.

The Netherlands beat the Dominican Republic 3-2...that's right a European team dumped the team from a prime baseball-loving country!

Australia made their WBC debut beating Mexico in Mexico City...in just 8 innings, due to the mercy rule (they won 17-7!!).

The US is currently unbeaten beating Canada 6-5 and Venezuela 15-6 (take that Chavez!).

Unfortunately for the two surprises, the Netherlands faces Puerto Rico next and Australia faces Cuba. Fortunately, this is a double elimination tournament.

For news/scores, check out the official website. (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/index.jsp)

For a bracket, the one on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_World_Baseball_Classic) is clearer and more detailed.

AHeneen
03-09-2009, 09:35 AM
Merciless Aussies stun Mexico on home pitch

Adrian Dunn
From the Melbourne Herald Sun (http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,25162572-11088,00.html)
March 10, 2009 12:00am

OH mercy. Australia, a minnow on baseball's world stage, showed no mercy yesterday to a Mexico team bursting with Major League Baseball players in their World Baseball Classic series opener at Foro Sol Stadium, Mexico City.

Australia invoked the mercy rule in its historic 17-7 win, a game in which Australia pounded out a WBC record 22 hits.

For a team that comprises a bunch of youngsters at the bottom of professional baseball's totem pole, the victory spoke volumes for the players' character.

Australian manager Jon Deeble praised his players for staying positive after trailing 7-4 after three innings, executing well and playing with great spirit.

Deeble rated Australia's win as the equal of that against Japan in the 2004 Olympic Games that advanced it to the gold medal game.

"You would have to say this is the best win ever for Australian baseball," Deeble said.

"The win against Japan in the Olympics was great, but the quality of the Mexican players was better. Their starting line-up was all major leaguers.

"It was not just the victory, but the way we stuck to our guns. Our game is all about execution and we stuck to our game plan."

Pitchers Liam Hendriks, Damian Moss and Rich Thomson combined to throw five shutout innings allowing Mexico just three hits.

Australia meets Olympic nemesis Cuba, which beat South Africa 8-1, tomorrow. Victory would see Australia advance to the second round. If not, Australia must again defeat Mexico.

Space Gravy
03-09-2009, 09:40 AM
I'd rather watch a Rosie O'Donnell porno than that crap.

Opening day can't get here soon enough.

Rebel Yell
03-09-2009, 10:56 AM
Australia invoked the mercy rule in its historic 17-7 win, a game in which Australia pounded out a WBC record 22 hits.

It's impressive that Australia beat Mexico, but the WBC record is misleading a bit. This is only the second WBC.


Oh, yeah. I've never watched a game of it. Trying to soccerize the American Pastime? No thanks.

linda22003
03-09-2009, 11:12 AM
Baseball in one country is bad enough, but in all of them? That's boredom beyond imagining. :D

FlaGator
03-09-2009, 11:55 AM
I'd rather watch a Rosie O'Donnell porno than that crap.

Opening day can't get here soon enough.

Hey! We don't allow "Rosie O'Donnell" and porno to be used in the same sentence. Watch it, you are treading on thin ice here :D

Double Secret Probation.

linda22003
03-09-2009, 12:02 PM
Hey! We don't allow "Rosie O'Donnell" and porno to be used in the same sentence.

How about in the same image?

http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/famecrawler/2008/04/16-22/rosie-hot-s&m-o'donnell-view-lesbian-cop-leather-jimmy-kimmel-mama.jpg

Shannon
03-09-2009, 12:22 PM
Trying to soccerize the American Pastime? No thanks.

Amen.

ralph wiggum
03-09-2009, 04:25 PM
I think it is moderately interesting. Any baseball is better than nothing. There is no ideal time of year to hold this event, and I don't think March is great for it. Some of the rather dubious country-affiliations are ridiculous. A-Rod was going to play for the Dominican Republic, even though he wasn't born there. There are a bunch of guys with Italian names playing for Team Italy, most of whom have probably never been there, much less born there.

It would be nice to see all the players actually playing (Pujols can't play for insurance reasons, for one), but it is more interesting than spring training. The qualifying procedure is a bit like soccer which loses points in my book.

ralph wiggum
03-11-2009, 11:57 AM
The Dominican Republic lost again to noted baseball juggernaut The Netherlands last night, and are now eliminated from the tournament.

When they beat the DR the first time, I wondered if maybe they brought Bert Blyleven out of retirement to pitch.

Bubba Dawg
03-11-2009, 07:25 PM
Bingo, except I'd say the WBC beats spring training games.

The Netherl;ands. Jeez. I would have bet against them beating DR.