The game mirrored an image of what ails America throughout the world – its violation of equality between nations and international laws and norms – highlighting the favoured treatment given to the U.S. team by the Classic’s rules, writes Prof WILLIAM B. GOULD IV*
(20 March 2006) – THE long-discussed genuine World Series could not have been timed more propitiously. In the past five years, the United States has gone from being one of the world’s most respected nations to the object of scorn and downright hatred in every nation beyond our borders. Aside from expanding Major League’s Baseball’s markets to new frontiers (this was baseball’s basic purpose), a 16-team tournament among the nations of the world was a welcome foil to American unilateralism and xenophobia. Continue reading
By JAYSON STARK*, ESPN.com
SAN DIEGO (19 March 2006) – THEY won’t be just two baseball teams colliding on the same field.
That, we’ve seen before. That, in fact, you can see every night at a stadium near you.
The Japan-Cuba championship game is a contrast in styles.
But when Japan meets Cuba on a historic Monday evening in San Diego, what will unfold is something bigger, something grander, something much more fascinating. Continue reading
SAN DIEGO, CA (19 March 2006) – UPON arriving to Petco Park I was not sure what to expect for the Cuban-Dominican semi-final game of the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
But after sitting down I noticed that I was in a mostly pro-Cuban section. While there were probably more overall Dominican fans – from a couple conversations I got the feeling most “normal” US fans instinctively were pro-MLB, thereby pro-Dominican – the Cuban supporters were strong all over – and not shy either. Continue reading
Globe and Mail reporter JEFF BLAIR quotes a Cuban reporter: “All I can say is, there’s a famous phrase that a Cuban reporter uses. It’s ‘You can draw your own conclusion.’”
SAN DIEGO (18 March 2006) — QUESTION: How many Major Leaguers does it take to hold a World Baseball Classic final, anyhow?
Answer: Not as many as everyone thought.
Cuba’s national baseball team took its act to the belly of the beast Saturday and sidelined an all-star squad representing the Dominican Republic 3-1 to advance to Monday’s final game, against the winner of a game between South Korea and Japan that was played later Saturday. The Cubans, an amateur powerhouse whose players earn about the equivalent of $20 (U.S.) per month in the Cuban league, knocked off another team laden with Major Leaguers, Puerto Rico, to advance to the semi-final round. Continue reading
A review of the first two rounds and some impressions of an international tournament still in its teething stages by CITIUS ALTIUS FORTIUS*
(18 March 2006) – IN THE INAUGURAL edition of baseball’s world championship event, the World Baseball Classic, the semifinal knockout stage begins tonight. Here is a review of the first two rounds and some impressions of an international tournament still in its teething stages. Continue reading
JEFF BLAIR, Globe and Mail Baseball reporter on the Second Round quarter-finals
SAN DIEGO (18 March 2006) — NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the beauty or deep meaning of a literal translation, especially when the person saying it is one of the game’s international icons. Continue reading
By CIRCLES ROBINSON* for Prensa Latina
HAVANA (17 March 2006) – ONCE AGAIN MEXICO has shown that the United States can be beaten at its own game, ending a possible dream showdown between the US and Cuba in the finals of the World Baseball Classic (WBC).
“Adios, America. There will be no championship for the red, white and blue,” headlined ESPN digital magazine its Friday story on the elimination of the USA Team, a well-assembled pack of Major League aces. Continue reading