by Myron Logan

The Dominican Republic, featuring guys like Hanley Ramirez, David Ortiz, and Pedro Martinez, just lost to the Netherlands in their opening game. Quite the upset! The U.S. plays Canada at 2 PM (eastern) and Puerto Rico plays Panama at 5, both games on ESPN2. The night cap is Venezuela vs. Italy at 8 on MLB Network.

I am a fan of the tournament simply because I get to see meaningful games in March, after not really seeing any of them over the winter. Spring Training is baseball, obviously, but there’s something just not right about watching a game in which both teams do not really care if they win or lose. It’s just doesn’t have the feel of a real game. I think it’s safe to say that everyone cares about winning in the WBC.

Anyway, feel free to chat about any of the WBC games in this thread.

fwiw, I saw the last inning of Pedro Martinez’s 3 inning performance today, and he looked pretty good. The changeup appeared to be really fooling guys.

Couple of good links:

Patriot on the WBC
Clay Davenport’s WBC odds report