One loss shouldn’t put that much of a damper on such a great team of players that the USA Baseball team has, in this short World Baseball Classic though, a loss can put your back up against the wall. That wall can look like a mountain now that Team USA has to win their next two games just to stay alive in the tournament.
I was kind of surprised to see that Joe Torre manages the USA Baseball team. He’s been retired from the game now since 2010 and has moved up to the upper echelon of baseball management with the MLB since after the 2010 season that he managed the LA Dodgers, with a February 2011 hiring as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the MLB. This largely is a symbolic post though being the manager of a team in this type of series where the best of baseball is showcased for the whole world to see. The first part of this series kicked off half way around the world from Philadelphia some days ago.
If you remember, we were getting some baseball updates on games over in Japan at all hours of the night, and now the series has shifted to this side of the World too, and baseball is being played simultaneously all across the globe like Japan, Taiwan, and now Puerto Rico, and Arizona. The Championship Round will be held in San Francisco from March 17-19.
It’s 6 am here in the Philly area as I write this, but I’m watching baseball! Tonight, the USA team takes on Italy, which should end up with a win. The Team USA squad then takes on Canada on Sunday. They must win both of these games to keep going deeper into the Baseball Classic. Jimmy Rollins is the lone Phillies player on the team, he joins ex-Phil Shane Victorino again who is also on Team USA and now plays for the Boston Red Sox.
Here’s the 2013 World Baseball Classic Team USA roster: