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(CBS Sports)   With that lineup, the United States might finally win at the game we invented   (cbssports.com ) divider line
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2013-01-14 10:55:27 AM  
Nothing says winner like a team with a lot of Mets on it.
 
2013-01-14 11:26:51 AM  
We invented steroids?

/This clearly doesn't apply to Dickey.
 
2013-01-14 11:26:56 AM  
The big issue is we have players that pull out of it. The nations that win this thing have all hands on deck.
 
2013-01-14 11:36:30 AM  

Gosling: The big issue is we have players that pull out of it. The nations that win this thing have all hands on deck.


Exactly, we don't usually field our best because they don't care, have agents/contracts that tell them not too, etc.

I think it's stupid that we don't put our best there, but then again it is a good way for some of the AAA guys to see MLB pitching without bringing them up on a roster.
 
2013-01-14 11:37:38 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-14 11:42:48 AM  
The US did not invent Air Golf
 
2013-01-14 11:48:21 AM  
Only 2 known players who used PEDs.

America, fark Yeah!
 
2013-01-14 11:48:27 AM  
Done in one.
 
2013-01-14 11:55:02 AM  
Baseball evolved from the English game rounders.
 
2013-01-14 12:01:36 PM  

what_now: Baseball evolved from the English game rounders.


The hell you say! Baseball was intelligently designed by God-fearing Americans.
 
2013-01-14 12:15:33 PM  
And that's why Baseball is the real global game. Teams from Four Continents have a realistic shot at winning this thing.

For Soccer, the elites are located in South America or Europe, with the rest of the world responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility.
 
2013-01-14 12:26:25 PM  
I'm not sure we have enough Cubans.

Both cigars and players....
 
2013-01-14 12:28:54 PM  

Komplex: And that's why Baseball is the real global game. Teams from Four Continents have a realistic shot at winning this thing.

For Soccer, the elites are located in South America or Europe, with the rest of the world responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility.


Oh come on. None of the European nations have a prayer in hell.
 
2013-01-14 12:46:19 PM  
I love baseball, but I don't care about the WBC. I don't like the idea of players being expected to go all out for some weird game against Italy or South Africa and then injuring themselves before they can start playing real baseball.
 
2013-01-14 12:49:11 PM  
I was really excited when they announced the semi's and final would be at AT&T Park this year. Then i saw the ticket prices and the fact that you had to buy tix to all 3. screw that.
 
2013-01-14 01:02:15 PM  
I forsee japan or Korea winning....
 
2013-01-14 01:11:02 PM  

Misconduc: I forsee japan or Korea winning....


I forsee Korea winning a 38-0 game in which Kim Jong-un personally pitches a perfect game, strikes out 27 and also hits four grand-sl... oh wait, maybe you meant the other Korea.
 
2013-01-14 01:12:51 PM  
I'd rather not send ringers and lose with honor.
 
2013-01-14 01:18:01 PM  

Komplex: And that's why Baseball is the real global game. Teams from Four Continents have a realistic shot at winning this thing.

For Soccer, the elites are located in South America or Europe, with the rest of the world responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility.


Baseball doesn't have the global reach of soccer, but it is under-rated as an international sport. Particularly by Europeans who don't play it and want to dismiss it as an American thing.

But it's not just an American thing. Baseball is very popular and played at a high level in much of East Asia (Japan, Taiwan, S. Korea), the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican, etc.), and Central and South America (eg. Venezuela). And it's also played, if not hugely popular, in many other places besides.

It's a legitimate international sport. Shame it was dropped from the Olympics.
 
2013-01-14 01:33:24 PM  

Super Chronic: Misconduc: I forsee japan or Korea winning....

I forsee Korea winning a 38-0 game in which Kim Jong-un personally pitches a perfect game, strikes out 27 and also hits four grand-sl... oh wait, maybe you meant the other Korea.


www.framingthedialogue.com
 
2013-01-14 01:43:59 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Komplex: And that's why Baseball is the real global game. Teams from Four Continents have a realistic shot at winning this thing.

For Soccer, the elites are located in South America or Europe, with the rest of the world responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility.

Baseball doesn't have the global reach of soccer, but it is under-rated as an international sport. Particularly by Europeans who don't play it and want to dismiss it as an American thing.

But it's not just an American thing. Baseball is very popular and played at a high level in much of East Asia (Japan, Taiwan, S. Korea), the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican, etc.), and Central and South America (eg. Venezuela). And it's also played, if not hugely popular, in many other places besides.

It's a legitimate international sport. Shame it was dropped from the Olympics.


That's like me trying to claim cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world purely on the basis it's India's number one sport. It's called clutching at straws. Or maybe I'll claim rugby is actually more popular than baseball on he basis of there are more nations officially registered with the IRB than the IBF. That's not true either because only four teams can win the Rugby World Cup and about 4 other teams are competitive, which is basically the same as baseball.
 
2013-01-14 01:50:57 PM  

what_now: rounders


I was going to say just that. Like they say, great minds think alike.
 
2013-01-14 02:04:51 PM  

Crewmannumber6: I'd rather not send ringers and lose with honor.


Again, the serious contenders have all hands on deck. That's like saying a soccer team isn't sending "ringers" to the World Cup. This is the chief international baseball competition now. If you want to win, you send the best you've got. Japan is sending their A-squad. Cuba's going to send theirs; so is the rest of Latin America. South Korea's players have military exemptions on the line if they do well enough. The US benching guys for spring training smacks of the general international-sports attitude the US has of 'if we're not going to win, we don't give a shiat'.
 
2013-01-14 02:11:09 PM  
I thought Braun was going to play for Israel, or was that just Israel trying to make a play for him and other Jewish star players.?
 
2013-01-14 02:13:33 PM  

neuroflare: I thought Braun was going to play for Israel, or was that just Israel trying to make a play for him and other Jewish star players.?


You need to stop reading airline leaflets.
 
2013-01-14 02:19:44 PM  

neuroflare: I thought Braun was going to play for Israel, or was that just Israel trying to make a play for him and other Jewish star players.?


Israel was eliminated in prelims a couple of months ago.
 
2013-01-14 02:28:59 PM  

Gosling: Komplex: And that's why Baseball is the real global game. Teams from Four Continents have a realistic shot at winning this thing.

For Soccer, the elites are located in South America or Europe, with the rest of the world responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility.

Oh come on. None of the European nations have a prayer in hell.


Here's a fun fact, in the World Cup since the 1982 World Cup (30 years seemed like a nice, round number) you've had 3 South American winners versus 5 European winners; two South American runners up versus 6 European runners up, and only one South American team playing in the 3rd place game (Uruguay, who lost it in 2010) compared to two Asian countries (Turkey and South Korea in 2002), and 13 European countries.
 
2013-01-14 02:39:59 PM  
I'll just leave this here Subby...

http://www.craigmarlatt.com/canada/symbols_facts&lists/baseball.html
 
2013-01-14 03:06:10 PM  
I wish they'd call up a bunch of fat, retired ball players for the US.

What's that Prince Fielder? You want to play too? Sure, you're in.
 
2013-01-14 03:57:50 PM  
So is it truly an international game with lots of competition, or is the US the biggest and best but won't win because they don't send the A squad?

These 2 conditions are kind of exclusive...


Komplex: And that's why Baseball is the real global game. Teams from Four Continents have a realistic shot at winning this thing.

For Soccer, the elites are located in South America or Europe, with the rest of the world responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility.


Cricket World Cup has been won by India (Asia) Australia (Australasia) England (Europe) and the West Indies (Americas.). That's 4.

Rugby World Cup has been won by Australia, England, South Africa...and, er... that's it AFA Continents.
 
2013-01-14 05:30:30 PM  

SlothB77: Nothing says winner like a team with a lot of Mets on it.


There was more than 1 of them on that team? I counted the team's only star, Wright, who's actually a decent player especially if you go by advanced metrics like WARP
 
2013-01-14 05:49:30 PM  

Crewmannumber6: I'd rather not send ringers and lose with honor.


There's no way we can lose, Smithers. Unless our nine ringers fall victim to nine seperate misfortunes and are unable to play. But that will never happen. Three misfortunes? That's possible. Seven misfortunes? There's an outside chance. But nine misfortunes? I'd like to see that!
 
2013-01-14 08:24:05 PM  

meanmutton: Gosling: Komplex: And that's why Baseball is the real global game. Teams from Four Continents have a realistic shot at winning this thing.

For Soccer, the elites are located in South America or Europe, with the rest of the world responsible for their fiscal irresponsibility.

Oh come on. None of the European nations have a prayer in hell.

Here's a fun fact, in the World Cup since the 1982 World Cup (30 years seemed like a nice, round number) you've had 3 South American winners versus 5 European winners; two South American runners up versus 6 European runners up, and only one South American team playing in the 3rd place game (Uruguay, who lost it in 2010) compared to two Asian countries (Turkey and South Korea in 2002), and 13 European countries.


...you do realize I meant the European baseball teams, right?
 
2013-01-15 12:13:24 AM  

Doc Daneeka: It's a legitimate international sport. Shame it was dropped from the Olympics.


The problem isn't just the international reach question. It's that the MLB (unlike the NHL) won't pause the season or let players out to compete in the Olympics.
 
2013-01-15 12:36:04 AM  
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2013-01-15 08:26:02 AM  
I thought cricket-lite already called the MLB winners "World Champions". WTF is this shiat?
 
2013-01-15 11:23:42 AM  

fo_sho!: Cricket World Cup has been won by India (Asia) Australia (Australasia) England (Europe) and the West Indies (Americas.). That's 4.


I'm older than Australia being independent of England. My dad is as old as India being independent of England. The West Indies are either still British territories or gained independence in that same timeframe.

So let's refer to those as England, England Brown, England South, and England West.
 
2013-01-15 01:38:55 PM  

IAmRight: fo_sho!: Cricket World Cup has been won by India (Asia) Australia (Australasia) England (Europe) and the West Indies (Americas.). That's 4.

I'm older than Australia being independent of England. My dad is as old as India being independent of England. The West Indies are either still British territories or gained independence in that same timeframe.

So let's refer to those as England, England Brown, England South, and England West.


Doesn't change the continents though. Or the people - none of the players were English. The game was spread by empire, but the enduring popularity of it has nothing to do with it.
 
2013-01-15 03:23:14 PM  

fo_sho!: The game was spread by empire, but the enduring popularity of it has nothing to do with it.


Yeah, the enduring popularity of a sh*tty game has nothing to do with the fact that the place that loves that game colonized the places for a couple hundred years and that is largely their knowledge of sport.

/if America went and colonized most of the world properly, our sports would also be "internationally" popular like British sports
//to say the enduring popularity has nothing to do with it is like saying that racism in America has nothing to do with slavery or open, legal discrimination into the last century
 
2013-01-15 03:41:24 PM  

IAmRight: fo_sho!: The game was spread by empire, but the enduring popularity of it has nothing to do with it.

Yeah, the enduring popularity of a sh*tty game has nothing to do with the fact that the place that loves that game colonized the places for a couple hundred years and that is largely their knowledge of sport.

/if America went and colonized most of the world properly, our sports would also be "internationally" popular like British sports
//to say the enduring popularity has nothing to do with it is like saying that racism in America has nothing to do with slavery or open, legal discrimination into the last century


Easy there. That's not cricket.

There's plenty to like about the game. Plenty of people like the game. Fun to play, fun to watch, national pride being on the line makes it better.

The history of a lot sports, including baseball and football (american) are due to the history of the colonial era. How they developed doesn't really reduce their significance as world sporting events - which I think is what you're arguing.
 
2013-01-16 08:16:30 AM  

IAmRight: I'm older than Australia being independent of England.


You were born before the 1st of January 1901? Holy fark!

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IAmRight: Yeah, the enduring popularity of a sh*tty game has nothing to do with the fact that the place that loves that game colonized the places for a couple hundred years and that is largely their knowledge of sport.

/if America went and colonized most of the world properly, our sports would also be "internationally" popular like British sports


LOL. Wow.... Just...Wow.

Try telling a Brazilian or Argentinian that their nation is only into soccer as a result of the British colonialization of their countries. Go on, I dare you.

You have to be trolling. Surely nobody could be that ignorant.
 
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