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NastyBoy
03-20-2006, 08:05 PM
I will be.

captainmorgan07
03-20-2006, 08:05 PM
nope no usa not tuning in only one major leaguer in ichiro 2

oneupper
03-20-2006, 08:17 PM
It's history. In 20 years this thing will be HUGE. Gotta say you saw the first one.

TOBTTReds
03-20-2006, 08:37 PM
there will be a lot of passion between the two teams. i dont need major leaguers to watch baseball. Go watch a college game, it is good stuff, even with mediocre teams with no future pro's.

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 09:04 PM
I'll be watching - with bells on.

Or something like that

OnBaseMachine
03-20-2006, 10:11 PM
(Fast forward to 25 years from now, while watching the 6th WBC.)

Son: Hey dad, I bet it was awesome to watch the first ever World Baseball Classic championship.

Me: I didn't get to watch it, ESPN decided to show a friggin' NIT game.

KronoRed
03-20-2006, 10:15 PM
Me: I didn't get to watch it, ESPN decided to show a friggin' NIT game.
Son: They didn't show it on ESPN 7? :confused:

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:17 PM
I love it - just showing how lowly ESPN is treating this by letting the ending of a NIT game overlap the start

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:38 PM
Per MLB.com's gameday

Japan is the visiting team tonight.

Leadoff batter grounded out
Japan's Two hole hitter singled to SS.
Ichiro then walked
The 4 hitter Matsunaka then singled to load the bases.
The something happened to the Cuban Starter Odelin, because he was replaced with Romero after 7 pitches.

So with the bases loaded - the Cuban out of the pen, Romero, then beaned Tamura, allowing Nishioka to score, but K'd the next batter.

Bases Loaded, two outs, 1-0 Japan in the top of the First

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:42 PM
Scratch that - Romero was the Cuban starter - he lasted 23 pitches before being pulled.

Odelin was the Cuban relief pitcher and is currently on the mound

He now has walked the Japanese 1st baseman on 8 pitches, walking in another run

Imae the 3rd baseman is now up, bases still loaded, 2-0 Japan with 2 outs

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:45 PM
Imae singles to center.

2 runs score.

Runners now at 1st & 2nd with 2 outs.

4-0 Japan

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:45 PM
Aoki the 9 hitter now at the plate

Delay as the Cuban skipper visits the mound

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:48 PM
Ouch - another relief pitcher for Cuba
Norberto Gonzalez is now pitching.

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:50 PM
Gonzales stops the bleeding.

Now Cuba up to bat, down 4-0 in the bottom of the 1st

And wouldn't you know it - ESPN decides to show the game.

Those 12 guys watching the NIT must be pretty upset.

jmcclain19
03-20-2006, 10:53 PM
Paret, the Cuban leadoff hitter, just hit a hanging curve into the seats.

4-1 Japan.

Gainesville Red
03-20-2006, 11:00 PM
Cuba's catcher is quick.

NastyBoy
03-20-2006, 11:11 PM
I thought this was going to be a low scoring game.

Big Klu
03-20-2006, 11:15 PM
(Fast forward to 25 years from now, while watching the 6th WBC.)

Son: Hey dad, I bet it was awesome to watch the first ever World Baseball Classic championship.

Me: I didn't get to watch it, ESPN decided to show a friggin' NIT game.


Ha, ha! I was able to watch it on ESPN Deportes until the basketball game was over! :D

I didn't even know I had ESPN Deportes until last week!

NastyBoy
03-20-2006, 11:18 PM
Team Japan's starting pitcher has some NASTY stuff. I like nasty stuff.

Caveat Emperor
03-20-2006, 11:38 PM
Team Japan's starting pitcher has some NASTY stuff. I like nasty stuff.

Dialing it up to 95 with some wicked movement. I'm making a mental note of the name, because if this is any indication of the stuff he brings on a regular basis, he'll be someone to watch out for when he becomes eligible to jump across the Pacific.

remdog
03-21-2006, 12:09 AM
I thought Joe Morgan's comments on the differing batting styles of the Cubans and Japanesse was interesting.

Rem

TheBurn
03-21-2006, 12:36 AM
Cuba with a rally...
Japan 6 - Cuba 3 heading to the top of the 7th

MasonBuzz3
03-21-2006, 12:39 AM
Dialing it up to 95 with some wicked movement. I'm making a mental note of the name, because if this is any indication of the stuff he brings on a regular basis, he'll be someone to watch out for when he becomes eligible to jump across the Pacific.
i believe he will be a free agent after the 2008 season. he tried to get his japanese team to "post" him, and allow MLB teams to bid on his services after last year but failed. and i agree, he is sick

TheBurn
03-21-2006, 01:10 AM
This has turned out to be a very entertaining game!

Cuba with a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 8th...

Japan 6 - Cuba 5, 1-out... pitching change.

Gainesville Red
03-21-2006, 01:19 AM
I think on Cold Pizza this morning they said they never lose when wearing the Red uni's.

Chip R
03-21-2006, 01:22 AM
I see the mullett is still in style in Japan.

jmcclain19
03-21-2006, 01:27 AM
The Cuban catcher made an excellent block on that play at the plate - yet the Japanese player still got in an amazing sneaky hand passed that shin guard to tag home plate.

Great, great game so far. Very entertaining

7-5 Japan in the 9th.

TheBurn
03-21-2006, 02:00 AM
Japan is the World Baseball Classic Champion

10-6... good game. :thumbup:

oneupper
03-21-2006, 07:20 AM
Congrats...JAPAN!