March 7, 2006
GAME OF THE CENTURY TO THE D.R.:
Papi, Beltre power Dominican past Venezuela (Associated Press, 3/07/06)
A lively sellout crowd, two All-Star lineups and a couple Cy Young Award winners.
This is exactly what commissioner Bud Selig had in mind when he pushed for the World Baseball Classic, and the Dominican Republic and Venezuela made the concept look like a stroke of genius Tuesday.
David Ortiz and Adrian Beltre each homered twice, leading the powerful Dominican Republic to an 11-5 victory in the opening game of Pool D, a tough grouping that also includes Australia and Italy.
If they meet again later in the series the fans will need oxygen tanks to get through the game.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 7, 2006 5:14 PM
The World Baseball what? As irrelevant as Crash...
There is at least one slightly more significant baseball related story in the news today, though...
Dunno b, That's the prevailing view in the US but... I'm working in Mexico this week and they are as geeked up for baseball as I've ever seen. Thank goodness for Chipper Jones and Derek Lee, it would be a looooong day tomorrow if Mexico had won.
The Korea-Japan game was as good a baseball game as you could want. Somehow Korea squeezed out a 3-2 victory on a late-inning home run. The 40,000 at the Tokyo Dome suddenly got very quiet when the ball flew into the bleachers, except for the flag-waving screamers from Korea.
I shouldn't say this, but after the game the Japanese players looked like they had just lost World War II.
Anyway, it was worth a few hours in the middle of the night. And the BIG STORY about Bonds using steroids? Hey, I just heard another BIG STORY: the sun rises in the east.