World Baseball Classic
Alright Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is Monday night, I just watched a pretty good episode of Heroes, and it is about past my bedtime. So I figure its the perfect time for a post. First of all today the pitchers had their first trial run at our running test. It is a mile and a half run in under 11 minutes. Now most of you probably say thats pretty easy, but for some reason it just isn’t. I struggle mightily with running long distances at a quick pace. However, I didnt disappoint, finishing in 10:40. So yay for me. Rinku can really run, he finished in 9:45, made it look easy. I have another bullpen tomorrow, and I am really getting the itch to face some live competition. One more point and then I will knock off the rambling. How did Clemson not move up in the polls today? Instead they got jumped by an Arizona State team that plays in one of the weaker conferences, and that has maybe 1 or 2 quality wins. We beat a team by 30 points that just knocked off UNC, can we get a little respect. Oh well, onto the main topic.
The WBC or World Baseball Classic. I love the idea of the event, a great way to put baseball on the public stage, especially if they are going to remove it as a sport from the Olympics. I have actually been to the field that hosts pool play in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It is a magnificent stadium, and I was very surprised when I saw it. Now coming into today, the odds on favorite to win the classic were none other than Team USA, followed closely by the Dominican Republic. I found this to be a bit surprising, even though I like our chances as much as anybody elses. We really underachieved in the last WBC, not even advancing from pool play. However, we do post a super-star cast on our roster, despite a few players turning down the opportunity.
A few fun facts. In first round action Japan is favored to beat China by 11 runs. Yikes. Also Cuba is favored to beat South Africa by 10.5 runs. Thats a whole lot of runs for a World Baseball Classic game. Also, I actually know personally a few players that are going to participate in the Classic. That is very exciting to me, getting to represent your country. I wish all of them the best of luck. However, I still hope that Team USA can put together a Ryder Cup like performance and bring home the championship.
My questions to those out there are these: Will USA come through and take home the championship? Will we disappoint? Will Japan repeat? Will there be a surprise team this year like South Korea last year?
As always input is much appreciated, and please feel free to post any of your opinions.