March 13, 2006


Americans Tag Japan With Loss: United States 4, Japan 3 (Dave Sheinin, 3/13/06, Washington Post)

From a certain spot at the top step of the U.S. team's dugout Sunday afternoon at Angel Stadium, the third base bag was perhaps 30 feet away, with the expanse of left field in the background, green and full of shadows. It was here, in the eighth inning of the opening game of the second round of the World Baseball Classic, where perhaps a dozen U.S. players stood nervously and watched Japan's Tsuyoshi Nishioka -- representing the go-ahead run -- tag up from third base while, in the background, left fielder Randy Winn circled around to catch a lazy fly ball.

What happened next before 32,896 fans would create the first on-field controversy of the WBC, leaving the dignified manager of the Japanese team, legendary slugger Sadaharu Oh, in a simmering rage and tainting the outcome of a 4-3 victory by the U.S. team, achieved when designated hitter Alex Rodriguez drove in the winning run with a broken-bat single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth.

"It's just unimaginable," Oh said of the reversed call by the umpiring crew, "that this could have happened."

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 13, 2006 8:51 AM

I am absolutely sick of US sports and the prima donnas that supposedly represent our nation internationally. When being an amateur in the US meant just that (and I could care less that other countries made the amateur rule a farce) and was the requirement for competing internationally, these type games had real meaning. Now all I see are a bunch of overpaid jerks (or at least a vast majority of them).

Posted by: mike at March 13, 2006 9:58 AM

Playing for their country and pride for free.....

Posted by: oj at March 13, 2006 10:01 AM

The Japs was robbed. I watched the play last night on tv. Bad umping.

Posted by: AllenS at March 13, 2006 10:04 AM

Seeing that Japanese team manager calmly disagreeing with the call tells me that he has no future in managing in MLB:)

Posted by: Brad S at March 13, 2006 10:21 AM

How does an umpire's goof prove that American athletes are rotten prima donnas and overpaid jerks? That's obviously a pre-programmed rant ready to be inserted at any point in any discussion about sports.

All the rumpus proves is that one umpire, Bob Davidson, made a bad call.

Posted by: Casey Abell at March 13, 2006 12:10 PM