Sports department for the student run radio station 90.3 WRST at UW-Oshkosh
Four teams into the second round already, four to go.
It’s time for the World Baseball Classic to get serious, everybody.
Pool B finished play yesterday in Taichung, Taiwan with Chinese Taipei and the Netherlands advancing. Pool A ended this morning in Fukuoka, Japan with the Cubans and the home team advancing. Pool play continues tomorrow in San Juan and Phoenix. Italy will face off against Mexico tomorrow at 3 p.m. EST in Phoenix while Venezuela and the Dominican Republic will play in San Juan at 6:30 EST. The first game for the United States team in pool play will come on Friday against Mexico at Chase Field in Phoenix at 9 p.m. EST. The second round would be in Miami, at Marlins Park, on March 12th-16th.
Team USA will kick off the World Baseball Classic by sending R.A. Dickey to the hill. This year, he debuts with Team USA as well as with the Toronto Blue Jays. The U.S. will face Italy on Saturday in game two of pool play with the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong starting. Derek Holland of the Texas Rangers will start the third and final poll play game for the U.S. against Canada on Sunday. Ryan Braun from the Milwaukee Brewers will try to help the U.S. in their quest. Catcher Jonathon Lucroy from the Brewers also made the roster as a backup. Finally, the years of experience Joe Torre brings as a manager is definitely an x-factor to watch out for.
Based on the depth of this roster, I would expect to see this team challenge for the World Baseball Classic title. According toworldbaseballclassic.com, the U.S. haven’t finished higher than fourth in the first two editions of the Classic, and they expect to challenge the Japan side in the championship.
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Also starting tomorrow is the World Golf Championships- Cadillac Championship at Doral in Miami. According toespn.com, Brian Gay and Ricky Fowler are the two Americans starting off the field at 11:20 EST with
Thorbjorn Olesen, Matteo Manassero, and Michael Hendry.
It’s March. I don’t think I need to say much more than that, but I will. As I’m sure most of my fellow bloggers have said: this month, I will be watching a lot of basketball. It’s one of the best times of the year. I’m going to try not to let it consume me, but that’s a wait and see. Get ready for a lot of Gus Johnson. Bring on the madness.