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U-S-A! Providing a Reason to Root for David Wright in March

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You don’t see this kind
of jubilation in Spring Training games. The United States just completed a
ninth inning rally to avoid elimination and instead send Puerto Rico packing.
Down 5-3 entering the bottom half, David Wright sliced a blooper into shallow
right field off the Red Sox’ Fernando Cabrera. The celebration that ensued in
the infield resembled something we are accustomed to seeing in October, not
March. Fans reigned down chants of “U-S-A!” at Dolphin Stadium. Games like this
are what will eventually make the World Baseball Classic a more respected
international competition resulting in tradition and sold out venues. The
victory also ensures the 2009 US squad will advance further than in 2006. They
are guaranteed a spot in the semifinals no matter the outcome of tomorrow night’s
result versus Venezuela.

 

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That sound you just
heard? A big sigh of relief from Phillies Nation regarding the news of Cole
Hamels’ MRI in Philadelphia revealing that his elbow is fine. Unfortunately,
the ace of the staff is a “long shot” to take the mound on Opening Night
against Atlanta on ESPN, according to pitching coach Rich Dubee. As a fan, it
can be difficult to tone down the excitement of one game and realize the
baseball season is a marathon and sacrificing a start or two is the smart,
rational decision.

 

Why my university’s administration
scheduled exam week to coincide with the first weekend of the NCAA tournament
is beyond me! I haven’t taken more than a glance at the bracket, much less filled
one out. Luckily, I don’t have any exams during the actual games Thursday and I
strategically scheduled my flight home on Friday in the early A.M. so I can be
in front of a big screen for the 12:30 tip-offs. I hope to post some
predictions tomorrow night.

 

Have a phantastic
Phillies day!

*photo courtesy Yahoo! Sports

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