Bad to Worse

After yesterday, the folks at MLB probably didn’t think things could get much worse. Then the US played Canada in the WBC. Final Score: Canada 8, US 6. Yeah. We lost to Canada. And much of the damage was done by BoSox scrub Adam Stern, who had 4 rbis. (Varitek also had 4, on a grand slam, but by that time it was too late.) We’re going to hold back from pointing fingers. But we will say that maybe Al Leiter isn’t America’s best right now. Oy.

11 comments… add one
  • I’m not rooting for Team U.S.A. (beyond Varitek and Timlin in individual performance) so it was nice to see them get tromped by the underdogs. You have to love that the baseball player of the day is a nice Jewish kid from Canada.

    Hunter March 8, 2006, 10:48 pm
  • I would argue the US losing that game was very good for the WBC, and some higher-ups in the MLB are (secretly) thrilled. The USA isn’t just rolling to the finals, and a pitching staff of minor leaguers beating a bunch of All-Stars makes for lots of media attention. Compare the number of articles written about this game to that of the US-Mexico game.
    And who knows what the players feel about this whole thing, but I bet there are some top players from the US (and Canada) who had opted out and are now wishing they had been there to help out (rather than getting two at bats against the Nationals split squad).

    Earl March 9, 2006, 9:55 am
  • Editors note: This post written by YF, not SF as indicated. Apologies for the confusion.

    YF March 9, 2006, 10:27 am
  • I agree with Earl. This is a very good thing for the tournament even though it’s embarassing for the US.
    Just like (gulp) it was sorta/kinda/maybe a good thing for the Yanks/Sox rivalry that the Sox finally one something that mattered.
    And YF, don’t be too hard on Al. He’s gonna be a great announcer.

    lp March 9, 2006, 10:42 am
  • Can’t say I agree with any of that LP. But Earl’s definitely on to something. When Team USA has Matt Holliday and Brian Schneider and Al Leiter in the lineup…..not so good.

    YF March 9, 2006, 11:21 am
  • I’m getting the same vibe. If this gives a wakeup call to the premier US guys then so be it. The idea of the WBC is to promote internationally anyways. Throw a bone to our northern neighbors. I like the Cannucks. I’ve heard yesterday’s game referred to as “The Miracle on Dirt”, which I absolutely love. Yes, it stings a bit, but the US is still the most fertile ground for talent, but we aren’t invincible by any means. If we don’t throw out best out there then maybe we deserve to eat some crow.

    Nate March 9, 2006, 11:34 am
  • Try and read past my horrible spelling/grammar this morning. Ugh!

    Nate March 9, 2006, 11:36 am
  • I think this goes back to bad management from MLB and Selig. These guys are still in early spring training mode and not ready to play. And baseball is not like football, American or European. Even the best baseball teams lose a third of their games, so that a single game is a much less reliable indication of relative strength.
    Congratulations to Canada, but does anyone think the Great White North, population 32.5 frozen million, produces as much baseball talent as the US, population nearing 300 million? Especially when their best athletes routinely go into hockey. (Dominican Republic = 8.5 million, but they’re a country of poverty-stricken supermen who can play baseball year round.)
    I’m not against a WBC. I think it’s already being proven that early spring training and a small number of games is not the way to do it.

    john March 9, 2006, 12:09 pm
  • Take a look:<http://tinyurl.com/flmxe>.

    john March 9, 2006, 12:43 pm
  • John, maybe you should start an anti-Selig blog.

    SF March 9, 2006, 12:44 pm
  • SF,
    I think I can come up with better ways to spend my time. But he is a mediocre commish, and obviously I think the WBC has not been well thought out or managed. Looking around the internet, it’s obvious that some are enjoying the games and many others find the whole thing disappointing.
    The link didn’t work. It’s here.

    john March 9, 2006, 1:32 pm

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