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WBC: Something to Prove

Posted in World Baseball Classic with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by beckeesh

If you aren’t watching Panama v. Dominican Republic in the first round elimination game right now, you should be.

Dominicana better get their act together, or they are gonna be out early. Alternatively, Panama has a chance to advance with their first win in WBC play.

Panama’s biggest bat is the Astros’ own, Carlos Lee.

And the Dominican team has crazy talent! Cueto is on the mound. Jose Reyes is at short, Willy T. center field, Miggy at third, Fernando Tatis is playing a fine first base. He made an amazing play on a line drive in the second inning.  Other names include David Ortiz (DH), Robinson Cano (2B), Jose Guillen (RF), Miguel Olivo (C)… and Hanley Ramirez on the bench.

Unlike regular Spring fare, this is a major league level event!

So get to the couch, or the bar, or your mom’s place.  Get to a high-definition television and turn on the game!

Update:  Dominican Republic 9, Panama 0 (eliminated from WBC) 

highlights / notes of interest:

for the Dominican:  Miguel Olivo, 2HR, 5 RBI; Willy Taveras:  again runs when he shouldn’t, this time right through a stop sign at home, thrown out at the plate (3rd inning)

for Panama:  Carlos Lee went 1 for 3

In in-game interview, Moises Alou reveals that he will be attending this year’s Kentucky Derby with “my best friend in the game, Jeff Bagwell.”

Stay tuned for U.S.A. v. Venezuela

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WBC: Netherlands Upset Dominican Republic!

Posted in World Baseball Classic with tags , , , , , , on March 7, 2009 by beckeesh

What?!

I was watching a recording of last night’s Korea v. Japan game, then realized, I’m missing my team on ESPN right now! Serious baseball on today.

Came to the game in the top of the 9th, Netherlands leading 3-2?!

Willy T. led off the bottom of the 9th with a walk, and advanced to second on a ground out. Then, with Hanley Ramirez at the plate, Felipe Alou sent him to third and he was caught stealing! 2 outs. No one on. All momentum gone.

Netherlands 3, Team Dominicana 2.

More on the WBC throughout the weekend…

Update:  Apparently, Felipe Alou did not send Taveras in the 9th.  It was Willy’s decision, Alou said after the game; “It was not a good play for us.”