Well, we’re heading into the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic. For those who missed it, the USA beat the Dominican Republic last night in a game which determined who goes on to the semis and who goes home. The Dominicans are the defending champions and played a great tournament, so it’s a shame that both teams couldn’t move on… but that’s why they play the games, right?
The finals play out starting tomorrow night in Dodger Stadium when the Netherlands face off against Puerto Rico in the first semi-final. Tuesday night it’s Japan vs. the USA, and Wednesday night the winners of those games play for the championship.
…and then, much to the relief of a lot of people, everybody heads back to their regular teams.
So let’s rip open our pack. This is the second of what I plan on being three packs, with the third coming next Sunday.
It’s been a busy week for me, and I didn’t get to see any of the games, but I certainly saw the highlight of Adam Jones robbing a homer from his teammate Manny Machado.
Here’s a video (Lo siento, the clip is en Español)
Nobuhiro Matsuda has had a good Classic so far; he’s batting .400 with a three-run homer against Cuba, 8 runs scored and 7 RBI.
After the Classic, he goes back to playing for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in the Pacific League.
Felix Hernandez allowed just one earned run in 7.2 innings, but he went 0-1 in two starts.
Venezuela made it out of the first round on a controversial tiebreaker, and then went 0-3 in the second round.
Yadier Molina has played well for Puerto Rico, both offensively and in terms of handling the pitching staff.
…as if that’s a surprise.
Xander Bogaerts has played well, but hasn’t exactly been one of the stars for The Netherlands… but I liked the photo.
Goodness knows I make enough mistakes as it is, so I feel the need to point out that the custom is correct; Bogaerts is playing third base for the Netherlands, as Andrelton Simmons is playing short.
This is based on 1976 Hostess, and although it didn’t win the poll on which design to use for the WBC set, it finished 4th in tightly-contested voting.
I don’t normally get all gushy over star-spangled clothing or equipment, but I really like Jonathan Lucroy’s chest protector.
Robinson Cano hasn’t scored or driven in a lot, but he’s been getting on base an awful lot.
Canada didn’t make it out of the first round, and Freddie Freeman got only 2 hits in 3 games… but hey! Horizontal card!
This is where I would normally be saying that I’ll be sure to watch the semis and the finals, but as I mentioned last time… I don’t get MLB Network or ESPN Deportes, and I don’t have MLB.TV.
I’ll be watching a different international event this week, one that is carried by channels on my middle-tier cable package… The World Women’s Curling Championship, live from Beijing, China. Round-robin play goes through Thursday, with the medal games next weekend. Nina Roth’s team is representing the USA.
This custom is based on the 1976 Wonder Bread Football set, and I’ve decided that I’m going to use this and the Hostess design as an all-purpose custom throughout the year.