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The Goon
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.08
In what will undoubtedly go down as the greatest upset in the HISTORY of the WBC, today Canada defeated the USA 8-6.

Canada had an 8-0 lead but Jason Varitek helped an American comeback with a Grand Slam in the fifth. Still, Canada managed to hold off that indomitable American spirit fueling the comeback.

There is massive joy in the streets-cars are honking, strangers are hugging each other, people are crying tears of joy.

"Do you believe in miracles?" Yes. Yes, I do.
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Our boys just tanked so you guys would get over the Olympic hockey tournament quicker. You're welcome.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.95
Anyone else hoping for South Africa to tag Clemens for 7 in the 1st?
And, Boston needs to cut Adam Stern immediately. If he hangs onto the blooper with 2 outs in the 9th, A-Rod would have made the last out in yet another ignominious defeat.



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I wasn't THAT surprised by the upset. Canada does have two pretty great players in Morneau and Bay and some other major league talent like Stairs and Coskie. I was actually more surprised by Korea beating Japan, although I don't know that much about Korea, maybe they are just better than I thought but after Japan won 18 - 2 and 14 - 3 i didn't expect Korea to go out and beat them.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.08
Oh geez...I wonder how many times we'll see this headline in the next day.

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I'm going to blame you for starting this. Just a heads up.

Man...after years of watching baseball, you'd think I'd learn not to give up on a game after coming in from work, turning it on, and seeing the score is 7-0...sounds like I missed some excitement.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.78
Ok, I don't want to crap on Canada's parade, but this tournament is officially a joke. It really warms my heart that the Orioles stud prospect Adam Loewen had a great start, but come on now. This lineup of all-stars was facing a guy who pitched in single-A last year and couldn't score until the sixth. Our first and second relievers were Al Leiter and Gary Majewski! I'm as big a baseball fan as there is, but even I couldn't have picked Gary Majewski out of a crowd if he were wearing a sign that said "I'm Gary Majewski!"

This could actually get really ugly when we get to the DR, Venezuela, Japan, and Cuba. Yikes.





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I don't know that this a huge suprise. I doubt that the players are all that interested. Millionaires want to make money and I think there's precious few of them that are playing for their sport or for their country.

Plus it's early in spring training, which means the pitchers are far ahead of the hitters, as a rule (although there was plenty of hitting in this game).

I am not surprised. I think Venezuala is the class of this tourney. The DR lost too many players. Korea (with my man Hee Sop Choi) might be 3rd. Oh is playing old school Japanese ball, which may not make it in this era. We'll see. I'd like to see Taipai do well, but have no confidence there.




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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.26
I'm not surprised that the US lost. Baseball is too unpredictable on a "single game" basis - if the Pirates beat the Cardinals in the first game of a three game series you don't hear talk of "upset" and if the Cardinals win the next two things are considered "normal".

I also agree with the ESPN.com article that said fans won't root on a national basis, but on a player basis. As a Cardinal fan I care about Pujols playing well and staying healthy more than I care about A-Rod playing well and winning.

I think AWA is spot on as well. I'd think that most players just want to stay healthy and protect their wallets. I also doubt that a player would slide hard to break up a double play that is being turned by one of his MLB teammates.



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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.91
    Originally posted by The Goon
    In what will undoubtedly go down as the greatest upset in the HISTORY of the WBC, today Canada defeated the USA 8-6.

    Canada had an 8-0 lead but Jason Varitek helped an American comeback with a Grand Slam in the fifth. Still, Canada managed to hold off that indomitable American spirit fueling the comeback.

    There is massive joy in the streets-cars are honking, strangers are hugging each other, people are crying tears of joy.

    "Do you believe in miracles?" Yes. Yes, I do.


I swear I read these exact words in the Canada/US thread on Fark.

(edited by raygun on 9.3.06 0946)
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.08
    Originally posted by raygun

    (edited by raygun on 9.3.06 0946)


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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
Canada's got a weird lineup though. What do they have, 5 lefties in the batting order? Dontrelle and Al Leiter were the only guys who could pitch really, with such a lefty-dominant lineup. And they did not pitch well.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.00
It's even more loaded than you thought - Canada's starting batting line-up had EIGHT left handers in it.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.59
    Originally posted by Canard
    It's even more loaded than you thought - Canada's starting batting line-up had EIGHT left handers in it.


Everyone knows Canada's full of lefties!




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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
Team USA owes Team Canada pitcher Paul Francis a thank you. He allows 6 runs in 1 1/3 innings. Canada goes on to lose to Mexico 9 - 1. That means Team USA advances as long as they can beat South Africa.

The next round will be as follows:
Pool 1: Korea, Japan, Mexico, and the United States (with a win).
Pool 2: Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Venezuela.

No real surprises there.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.08
Oh well, so much for the miracle on grass.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.47
Wow. [ESPN.com]

Either the US got really, really angry or South Africa was really awful.
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    Originally posted by The Goon
    Oh well, so much for the miracle on grass.


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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.93
    Originally posted by JALman
    Either the US got really, really angry or South Africa was really awful.

I'd bet on both, actually.

Now the question becomes whether the US can carry this over to the next round, where things'll get tougher.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.66
    Originally posted by JALman
    Wow. [ESPN.com]

    Either the US got really, really angry or South Africa was really awful.


Oh go easy on the South Africa kids. Hell they've got high schoolers playing for them! At least they had the guts to put together a team and give it a run. And they almost beat Canada even!
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