Honk Twice for Honkball

The unthinkable in the wee hours last night: the Netherlands defeated the DR for the second time and in dramatic fashion, knocking one of the favorites from the WBC. The tournament, as with the original 3 years ago, is once again a major success–exciting games, cheering stadiums, general good feelings—-even if the play on the field has been somewhat less than stellar. Team USA has already advanced to round two, but they play Venezuela, a team they have already crushed once, tonight for seeding. Al Spalding would be very proud indeed.

27 comments… add one
  • That’s awesome.

    Brad March 11, 2009, 10:59 am
  • Clearly a conspiracy to get the MLB-heavy DR’s players back to spring training early.

    FenSheaParkway March 11, 2009, 11:16 am
  • Speaking of the DR, Pedro looked fantastic in both of his appearances. I wish we weren’t so deep in pitching that we could sign him.

    Atheose March 11, 2009, 11:18 am
  • Watched the game last night, great ending. Now we can get Cano back in camp.

    the mayor March 11, 2009, 11:19 am
  • I wish the same conspiracy involved the US. I hate seeing Youk and Pedroia play on that squad.

    Brad March 11, 2009, 11:20 am
  • Agreed, Mayor: these players need to be with their teams. As much as I’d like to see Youk and Ped add yet another accolade, The United States cannot be defeated fast enough for me.

    Brad March 11, 2009, 11:23 am
  • Yeah, they should have the WBC after the World Series. Hold it in the Caribbean in late October/November, the weather should be nice enough then.

    Atheose March 11, 2009, 12:47 pm
  • Pedro did look good, atheos.
    I’ve heard that he’s looking for a Smoltz-like deal, 1 year for $5m + incentives.
    I’d make that gamble, but The Triumvirate won’t.
    Also, I read in the Globe over the weekend that Nomie threw some feelers at the Red Sox and was told they had no interest. It would be nice, for sentimental reasons only, to get Nomie back in the fold for a year before he retires.

    I'mBillMcNeal March 11, 2009, 1:59 pm
  • Ordway is saying that U2’s Bono plans to stop by the Big Show this afternoon. And he sounds serious.
    U2 is gigging tonight in Somerville, Mass.

    I'mBillMcNeal March 11, 2009, 2:01 pm
  • Ordway is saying that U2’s Bono plans to stop by the Big Show this afternoon..
    Good, I love a good political and moral argument with a group of people that couldn’t be stupider if they tried.

    Brad March 11, 2009, 2:07 pm
  • no offense aimed at anyone who is a fan of either of these two completely disfunctional groups of people. I realize that nobody is really concerned with what is said about Ordway, but people seem to always get their panties bunched up over Bono/U2.

    Brad March 11, 2009, 2:09 pm
  • Sabathia looked good today… 5 ER over 1.2 innings.

    Atheose March 11, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Now Ortiz can get back to the job that pays. I’d be a much bigger WBC fan were it after the World Series. As it is, it’s a good idea done in a way that will always hamper its ability to get full participation and maximum following.

    Paul SF March 11, 2009, 2:45 pm
  • i saw that beating CC took today. i was a little surprised to see Detroit swinging big bats like that seeing as how half the tigers regular players are on team Venezuela.

    sf rod March 11, 2009, 2:53 pm
  • AL.

    Brad March 11, 2009, 3:39 pm
  • Plus, Detroit (starters or not) have hung about a 16 ERA on CC in the past couple years, so it’s not like he’s exactly done well against them ever.

    Brad March 11, 2009, 4:00 pm
  • Keith Foulke 2004. That’s all I have to say about spring training stats.

    Paul SF March 11, 2009, 4:55 pm
  • paul- CC’s spring numbers are about on par with his postseason numbers. sometimes small sample sizes are very telling….depending on what month they fall in.

    sf rod March 11, 2009, 5:33 pm
  • “sometimes small sample sizes are very telling….depending on what month they fall in.”
    Is this a zen koan?

    Nick-YF March 11, 2009, 5:54 pm
  • wow parsing spring training starts and stats. thats just desperate….

    sam-YF March 11, 2009, 6:22 pm
  • sam- really i could care less about spring stats. i’m sure CC will be great between april and september. my problem is how people are also able to easily overlook postseason numbers under the same pretenses. one set of stats means nothing while the other set means everything.

    sf rod March 11, 2009, 6:31 pm
  • “my problem is how people are also able to easily overlook postseason numbers under the same pretenses.”
    again, you know the answer to this. Right?

    Nick-YF March 11, 2009, 6:47 pm
  • “my problem is how people are also able to easily overlook postseason numbers under the same pretenses.”
    Rod- Im sure you would have no problem overlooking the fact that David Ortiz hit under .200 with 1 HR in 11 games in the post-season last year if someone said “take a look at Papi’s numbers in October” he clearly sucks in the post-season now”. One can take any group of games they want and mine them for stats to make an argument that suits them.

    sam-YF March 11, 2009, 7:37 pm
  • I prefer to judge my players game by game, or, at least, sometimes I do this.

    SF March 11, 2009, 9:26 pm
  • me too sf…they’re good, except when they’re not

    dc March 11, 2009, 10:41 pm
  • Back to the actual subject of this post, Alex Speier has a good story today about the Sox’ scouting of the Netherlands (and Europe in general) over the last couple years. Good to see…
    Link.

    Paul SF March 12, 2009, 1:12 pm
  • Yet another reason for legalization in this country…makes your baseball players better!

    krueg March 12, 2009, 5:48 pm

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