DR 2, Venezuela 1: WBC Wins

The ending was fraught: with 2 outs in the ninth, Venezuela loaded the bases on a couple of walks and a horrible error by Miguel Tejada. Then the Fonz flew out to right, and team Dominica stormed the field. Great moment, if not a great game, execution-wise. Anyone still have doubts about this whole WBC thing?

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  • Hard to win a ballgame with only one hit. Yet, they still had a chance in the end. VEN’s bats must not have passed through customs. Giovanni Carrera should enter the witness relocation program.
    I’ll be in SD for the semi’s and Final.
    Now if the US can just manage to get by Mexico…

    Nate March 15, 2006, 11:15 am
  • Anyone still have doubts about this whole WBC thing?
    I do, and your lack of loyalty to the Yankee Organization has been noted.

    George Steinbrenner March 15, 2006, 11:17 am
  • Hey, I’m willing admit that I’ve been converted. The look of dejection on the Venezuelan players’ faces showed me how much this could mean. And I think the US players will have similar faces if they’re eliminated today. These games have been tense.

    NickYF March 15, 2006, 11:53 am
  • Small sample size, but I was in my local gas station/car wash on the West Side of Manhattan today, and there were seven guys hanging around, all talking excitedly about last night’s game. Ordinarily they may have been shooting the breeze about RJ, A-Rod, Jeter, Pedro, Beltran, who knows, but I’m guessing that the discussion was far more spirited than the typical March 15th BS. I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about the WBC, and not about the bad timing, or the injury risk, but rather about the drama, the action. I think that’s a great thing for baseball.

    SF March 15, 2006, 12:30 pm
  • YF –
    Need you ask? The US team is better than it’s looked — they’re not ready.
    SF –
    Were they all Latin? After winter ball the Latin teams are better prepared than US, and I hear a lot of talk around town about how great it is to be beating up on the US.
    And would Johnny D be in better shape if he were in Yankee camp, on a slower regimen, and under the watchful eyes of the Yankee brain trust? George may be right.
    In other news,

    “With Opening Day less than three weeks away, scouts watching the Red Sox say the team should be concerned about third baseman Mike Lowell, 32, and first baseman J.T. Snow, 38.
    “Lowell, in the words of one scout, has ‘lost his body quickness.’ Snow also lacks athleticism. Kevin Youkilis, 27, can’t play both first and third — and after hitting only one homer in 79 at-bats last season, he might lack sufficient power to be a corner infielder for a championship club.
    “The Red Sox have a starting pitcher to trade — left-hander David Wells, right-hander Matt Clement or right-hander Bronson Arroyo — and they’re also shopping second baseman Tony Graffanino. But it seems doubtful they would address first base or third before the start of the season.” (from FoxSports.com)

    Sure, we’re in spring training and it’s early yet (see first paragraph), but it seems like every scout except those who work for the Red Sox have been saying this about Lowell for 9 months. Is Golden Boy Theo getting some tarnish?

    john March 15, 2006, 5:45 pm
  • John, I think you have to acknowledge that the Sox assumed Lowell and his large contract in order to acquire Beckett. So, it’s not as if he was the centerpiece of the deal. That said, the unloading of Marte could prove costly for the Sox considering their lack of depth at positions such as 3rd and 1st.

    NickYF March 15, 2006, 6:22 pm
  • The Sox got Beckett?!

    SF March 15, 2006, 7:31 pm
  • Nick –
    Did you somehow miss the 10,000 Sox fan messages here that Lowell just had an off year and was a great pickup?
    And even our fellow YFs have said Snow was a great pickup. Well, his offense has gone south and now this guy is saying he can’t even play first well anymore. The Sox are okay up the middle, but the corners are lookin weak.
    But it does look like all those people who’ve been wanting Youk to play are going to get their way.

    john March 15, 2006, 11:18 pm
  • I take it back. Who cares if Damon and Lee get hurt, as long as we have the opportunity to see Italy play Holland?
    I’ve spent more time in Italy than half the Italian team. And I play baseball better than the other half.

    john March 15, 2006, 11:32 pm
  • … half the Italian team combined.

    john March 15, 2006, 11:34 pm
  • I’d just like to know why the hell ESPN thinks that more people would rather watch women’s softball than Korea v Japan! Scandalous TV scheduling.

    Sam March 16, 2006, 9:40 am
  • I went to the first round pool in Orlando. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I watched some really good games and had a chance to see all star players that I wouldn’t see normally. I even witnessed a mercy ruling.
    The thing about the WBC, fans of so many different teams and baseball fans in general get to co mingle and root for or against another team. (It was wierd cheering for Pappi when he went deep.)
    Also… people who arn’t fans… but have ethnic pride get to participate in it too.
    If you could feel the energy of one of those events, you wouldn’t have a doubt in your mind in how great these events can are for baseball.

    Muthafunga March 16, 2006, 10:03 am
  • “Nick –
    Did you somehow miss the 10,000 Sox fan messages here that Lowell just had an off year and was a great pickup?”
    Definitely there were a few who said this and, like you, I think they were being overly-optimistic and suffering a little bit from that syndrome of In-Theo-We-Trust. Still, your original posted that the Lowell pick-up showed Theo might be losing his golden touch needed some context. The Sox HAD to pick up Lowell in order to get Beckett who is a major talent, young, and has a proven track record of being a #2-3 starter. If the Yanks had the minor league talent that the Sox have at the triple A level, I would have supported Cashman making a similar deal (and Lowell would have been highly paid bench player getting less playing than he’ll get in Boston). As it was, the Bombers didn’t have the young talent the Marlins wanted. But, still, this is the type of deals that wealthy teams like the Sox or Yanks can and should make. I don’t think that trade is an example of Theo (although technically I don’t think he made it-a big Peter Gammons wink for that one)losing his golden touch.

    NickYF March 16, 2006, 12:28 pm
  • it’s early yet in SF and my grammar is especially bad right now. Sorry about that, John, but you get my point, right?

    NickYF March 16, 2006, 12:32 pm
  • You’re right, Nick, but it also has to be considered in the larger context, i.e., Are the Sox going to contend this year?
    Like the Yanks, they have a lot of pitching questions. Unlike the Yanks, they also have a lot of position questions.
    Letting the reasonably priced Mueller go (which happened before the trade, no?), was a big deal. If Lowell is weak, there will be a lot of pressure on Youkilis, and Snow may be a weak backup.

    john March 16, 2006, 12:33 pm
  • sad to say, but I think the Sox are going to contend even with their corner infield position issues. The greater context is that their productivity at those positions last year was barely average and they still won 95 games. Mueller had a nice year, but then you had Olerud and Millar (and all his 9 homeruns) at first. So while I definitely could see a significant downgrade from Mueller to Lowell, that’s slightly off-set by the improvement from Millar to Youkilis. Add when you factor in the team’s significant offensive improvement at second base, the fact that Renteria 2005 and Gonzalez 2006 are likely to match each other, it seems the infield offense is likely similar to last year’s. But even if we’re to believe that the offense has taken a hit this year, you have to believe the pitching will be improved. The bullpen looks much stronger, the infield defense is much better, and Beckett and a healthier Schilling have been added to the rotation.
    I’m trying to jinx the Sox.

    NickYF March 16, 2006, 12:51 pm
  • sad to say, but I think the Sox are going to contend even with their corner infield position issues. The greater context is that their productivity at those positions last year was barely average and they still won 95 games. Mueller had a nice year, but then you had Olerud and Millar (and all his 9 homeruns) at first. So while I definitely could see a significant downgrade from Mueller to Lowell, that’s slightly off-set by the improvement from Millar to Youkilis. Add when you factor in the team’s significant offensive improvement at second base, the fact that Renteria 2005 and Gonzalez 2006 are likely to match each other, it seems the infield offense is likely similar to last year’s. But even if we’re to believe that the offense has taken a hit this year, you have to believe the pitching will be improved. The bullpen looks much stronger, the infield defense is much better, and Beckett and a healthier Schilling have been added to the rotation.
    I’m trying to jinx the Sox.

    NickYF March 16, 2006, 12:52 pm
  • 95 games will not be enough to win the AL East this year. The Yankees are not going to use 245 different starters again this year, and will have more wins.

    john March 16, 2006, 7:43 pm

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