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Japan Wins World Baseball Classic; Phillies Still World F’n Champions!

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Japan has just
successfully defended their World Baseball Classic title by beating Korea 5-3
in extra innings after blowing a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth. Korea
beat itself by pitching to Ichiro with first base open. The thunder sticks were
out in full force at Dodger Stadium to provide a championship atmosphere. What
was more amazing were the 20-30,000 fanatics that packed a stadium in Seoul, South
Korea to cheer on their nation at 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. There is certainly
a difference in how much this international championship means to each country.
The average United States fan — from Los Angeles to St. Louis to Boston — is
probably aware of the WBC results, but is simply ready for Major League
Baseball to get underway. There was little emotion invested by Americans,
contrary to what supporters of the two Asian countries displayed tonight. My
thoughts? I enjoy competitive baseball regardless of who is playing, but the
WBC will never be the tournament it is capable of being. There are too many
flaws that don’t have a fix, mainly when the Classic should take place. The
Olympic Games (which South Korea won in Beijing) provide elite international
competition. I’m not sure why we need a separate event.

 

p.s. How about the Korean
who cracked open his helmet after a head-first slide into second after getting
kneed in the face? He stayed in the game.

 

More on Schilling’s
retirement tomorrow…and how he should go into Cooperstown wearing a Phillies
hat!
🙂

 

That would be
phantastic!

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