August 29, 2014

WBC Finals Are Indeed Classic

Wow. That’s about the best description for the WBC Finals. It’s the bottom of the 8th in a 3-1 game (Japan leading) and you would think it’s Game 7 of the World Series. More yelling, chanting, whistles and drums than I’ve ever heard at a baseball game before . Simply awesome!

South Koreans Overpower Venezuela to Reach WBC Finals

Thought it was interesting to see the South Koreans overpower Venezuela last night in the World Baseball Classic semifinals, especially given their lack of major-league experience (one major leaguer vs. 22 major leaguers and 8 MLB All-Stars).  But what they lack in MLB games, they certainly make up for with teamwork and a near flawless approach to the execution of the game. 

Kevin Baxter has as a great story in today’s LA Times about the South Koreans, but my favorite line was this:

“I only saw Carlos Silva a couple of times on television,” Manager In Sik Kim said of Venezuela’s starting pitcher. “I don’t know anything more.”

Classic.  Here’s hoping that scenario doesn’t repeat itself (to a lesser degree) with tonight’s second semifinal game of Japan vs. the USA.  Dodgerfan.net will be at the WBC finals tomorrow night and we’re looking forward to rooting on the U.S., so let’s go Oswalt!

World Baseball Classic Single Game Tickets Now On Sale

So single game tickets to the semi-finals and finals of the World Baseball Classic at Dodger Stadium are now on sale (no need to buy strips of tickets to multiple games).  The Dodgerfan guys just picked up two tickets to the finals on Monday, March 23.  We didn’t go last time, but heard that the entire experience was really amazing and are looking forward to some good baseball (Japan beat Cuba 10-6 in 2006 with Dice-K being named MVP) 

Provisional team rosters are set to be announced today at 3:00 p.m. PT. 

U-S-A!  U-S-A!  U-S-A!