Saturday, March 7, 2009

World Baseball Classic: Schedule

World Baseball Classic: Schedule

I am happy to say that I have a new obsession for the month of March, the World Baseball Classic. Today the Netherlands upset the Dominican Republic and the USA squeaked out a 6 to 5 win over Canada. I love competition and these are some of the best baseball players in the world. In 2006 it was fun watching Cuba and Japan. Japan still looks good this time around- they are my favorite team in the Classic at this point- though Mexico could be a sleeper- we'll see. The 16 teams are broken into 4 pools and the top two teams from each pool advance. Japan will advance at this point. It is unclear if either Korea or China will advance from pool A. Today, Japan murcied Korea- the 2008 Beijing gold medal winning team!
In Pool B Mexico and Cuba are the strongest teams. From Pool C Canada, USA and Venezuela could play some good, high level games. In pool D The Dominican Republic was the clear front runner until they lost to Netherlands today. Maybe it was a bad game, but hopefully it won't cost them later. DR still has to get through Puerto Rico to advance.
What a fun past time!

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