Saturday, March 14, 2009


The U.S. baseball team has just finished up a game against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. The final score was 11-1 Puerto Rico, with the game stopped in the 7th inning due to the 10-run mercy rule. The U.S. pitchers not only got clobbered, the hitters got outsmarted too. It is an embarrassment for the country who callsbaseball their pastime.

I have to confess that I did not watch most of the game. By the time I turned it on, it was 5 or 6 to 1, with Puerto Rico ahead early. I decided college basketball would be much more interesting at the time. I did watch some of the game; however, and I was not impressed.

Jake Peavy was the starting pitcher tonight. The Jake Peavy that showed up tonight was not the Jake Peavy that showsup on most nights. In his two innings of work, he gave up six out of the eleven runs Puerto Rico scored.

All in all, four U.S. players record hits in the game. The other five players were 0 for 3. Usually, teams like to have more players hit than go hit less. Somebody better alert Team USA.

The main reason this game was an embarrassment was because Team USA couldn't even last all nine innings. The mercy rule saved us viewers from watching the slaughter any longer. It was like those shows on Animal Planet where a pack of lions eat a zebra. It was an unequal matchup and a painful scene to watch.

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