Oh No!

Sadaharu’s boys seemed to have taken the lead on the US a sac fly in the top of the 8th, only to have it overturned on appeal – it appears to be the incorrect call, as long as ESPN’s split-screen cameras are actually synched properly.  Slowing down their slo-mo on my Tivo, it sure looks like the runner timed the tag absolutely perfectly.  Oh is doing his best  to argue the case, which by technical merit he should win, but it looks like the umpires are in mid-season form and the US has dodged another bullet, at least for the moment.  Consider this your open thread for the rest of this game, and all of tonight’s marquee (PR vs the DR) action.

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  • Is it just me or does it look like Johnny D has been putting away a ton of fast food? Or is the camera just adding a few lbs? Even Mrs. SF chimed in with an offhand “he looks fat”.

    SF March 12, 2006, 6:47 pm
  • Wasn’t that Scott Boras in the areaway behind home plate?

    SF March 12, 2006, 6:53 pm
  • Brad Lidge pitching like it’s October.

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:01 pm
  • The whiff! Bottom 9, tied up. Drama in March!

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:03 pm
  • And the third base ump atones (sort of). Nice play, nice call, on a failed sacrifice by Michael Young.

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:14 pm
  • Jeets, plunked right on the number. Bases plugged full of Americans, one down. Junior at the bat.

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:15 pm
  • Does Randy Winn have advertising on his eye black?!?!

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:16 pm
  • A-Rod the hero?

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:18 pm
  • A-Rod the hero!

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:20 pm
  • Buck Martinez is droning on about how the umps got the tag-up exactly right, how he “knew the guy left early”. Buck ought to check the replay. It was a bad call, and a tough and undeserved loss for the Japanese. The US escapes.

    SF March 12, 2006, 7:25 pm
  • I’m sorry to have missed this game, but glad that we’ll have more opportunities to see Team USA. And it looks like the WBC doomsayers have been proven wrong, at least thus far. It’s suceeding despite Barrygate, dicey US results……

    YF March 12, 2006, 8:43 pm
  • Would it be wrong to use this as an opportunity to bash A-Rod? He came up pretty small earlier in the game, hitting into a double-play and then striking out with a runner on third. He gets anything done there and the US goes up 4-3, maybe Japan doesn’t get jobbed an inning later and we get a fair game. Besides, that final run got credited as unearned on the 2nd baseman’s error.
    Ah, I know I’m stretching, but we gotta have spring training for fans, too, right? Anyway, that was a pretty good game to watch; count me a WBC supporter for now. Team USA looks pretty shabby, though. Oh well. Now to decide who to root for when we lose…

    only person I know watching the WBC March 12, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • I’m sorry to have missed this game, but glad that we’ll have more opportunities to see Team USA. And it looks like the WBC doomsayers have been proven wrong, at least thus far.
    YF,
    I’m glad you’re enjoying this (why not?), but these guys are not really showing how good or bad they are, because they’re not ready: Team USA looks pretty shabby, though
    And the DR team without Manny, Vlad and Pedro is not the real DR team, even with Ortiz, Tejada, Pujols, etc.
    And even though if you take the Latins off the US team and the only way the US can hope to compete with the Dominican Republic is through a strong pitching advantage.
    Sori, Tejada, Ortiz, Manny, Pujols, Guerrero, Beltre, Alou and Reyes from a country with a population under 9 million. A couple of years ago they could have had Sosa. Next year they might want Cano. Amazing.

    john March 12, 2006, 10:22 pm
  • John: given the circumstances, this is the best time for baseball to hold this tournament. I’m sorry if it’s not ideal, and, yes, I wish Manny was playing, but he’s not, and I’m just going to enjoy what we have, and if you’re going to be too small-minded about it, frankly, it’s your loss, because there are some fantastic players out there putting on a pretty fun show. So lighten up.
    As for the current game. Man. Soriano is just killing the DR.

    YF March 12, 2006, 10:44 pm
  • Meanwhile, big props to Cuba and the PR, leading their group when everyone was picking DR and Venezuela to come out of that part of the bracket. Still a lot of ball left to be played, and given the nature of the game it’s not surprising that the standings might be upside down with the small sample size (1 game!), but it’s still fun to have things so competitive.

    YF March 12, 2006, 10:53 pm
  • Wasn’t the plan originally supposed to be for the WBC to take place in November? I thought that the reason it’s being held now is because agreement couldn’t be reached soon enough for the November date, and young Bud was desperate for it to take place asap.
    I think it’s a great idea, and it’s working out fine. But a November date would encourage more players to take part (not jeapordizing roster spots), would ease MLB fears (injuries wouldn’t be so disruptive to the following season) and would be the focus of all US sports fans (no March Madness!).
    Does anyone know when the next WBC is scheduled for?
    PS – Don’t underestimate the power of players like Jeter, Chipper Jones, Ortiz et al having the time of their lives and telling their teammates about it when they return to training camp.

    Sam March 13, 2006, 9:24 am

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