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(ESPN)   Not even Joe Arpaio could stop the Mexicans from overrunning the US in Phoenix last night   ( espn.go.com) divider line
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2013-03-09 10:49:26 PM  
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The Bestest: David Wright is determined to win this damn thing.

It's his only chance to ever be on a winning team
2013-03-09 12:20:58 PM  
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drunk_bouncnbaloruber: There's no way the Giants were going to tell their players not to participate, they're hosting the semifinal and finals. That's why there are 11 players in this tournament, including Romo, Sandoval, Scutaro, Vogolsong and Affeldt(?!?).

I actually looked, and all 30 clubs do have someone represented. (Brewers have the most players, Cubs the least.) It was pretty much case-by-case. Some players had injury concerns, some others pulled out because they're actually trying to win or defend a spot on the club. Some are here because they're auditioning for one. What ended up happening is the players that did pull out absolutely crippled the American pitching staff. The US could have had Justin Verlander, David Price, Clayton Kershaw and Mark Buehrle going in the bullpen; instead, we have R.A. Dickey, Ryan Vogelsong, Derek Holland and Ross Detwiler. (We never did find a fifth starter; all the other teams did.)

See, this points to a larger problem the US has when putting national teams together. We don't give a fark, or at least, we give far less of a fark than our opponents do. We get so caught up in self-satisfied flag-waving that we half-ass it and, instead of sending our A teams, we far too often send B and even C teams made up of whoever feels like going and whoever the clubs don't hold back for injury concerns, and it just totally kneecaps us. And then we're surprised when we lose to someone we have no business losing to. And what happens when we do lose? "Who cares, this doesn't matter anyway." And we just give up on it entirely. If we aren't winning the whole thing or making the final, we stop caring.

And that's why we got beat by Mexico. Mexico gave a fark and we didn't.
2013-03-09 11:55:45 AM  
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WTF Indeed: In four years, Team USA should consist of only guys who ask to be on the team. What pisses me off is that guys like Verlander and Price aren't on the team.

Team USA's watered down enough already. I mean, how the hell does Derek Holland get on the national team? He's the third guy in the RANGERS rotation. He shouldn't be the third guy in America's. It was just absolute hell listening to the MLB Network analysts just slobber the USA's knob all the time. They all but awarded the WBC to the US by fiat and completely dismissed Japan- and the entire Asian contingent, really- because they lacked any players from MLB this year. 'We're America! Look how strong our lineup is! It's our time!'

And so they never foresaw any possibility of getting punked by, say, Mexico in the very first game. And now we have 2-0 Italy, which is led by Anthony Rizzo, Drew Butera and Nick Punto, has already guaranteed that either Canada, Mexico or the US will be sent into the 2017 qualifiers by smacking the other two silly and whom we pretty much completely ignored, in a do-or-die.
2013-03-09 08:40:00 AM  
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MmmmBacon: FTFA: "Don't you just love the WBC?"

No, I really don't. Major League Baseball is bad enough, now we have 'bonus baseball' every couple of years during Spring Training... which occurs in the winter... and the Boys of Summer really should be the "Boys of Spring, Summer, part of Fall, and a bit of Winter"?

God I hate Baseball.

You should probably fumigate for the gnomes that sneak into your house and tune your TV to baseball then.
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