In case you haven’t given up your school/work/social life to follow the World Baseball Classic, here’s what’s up. Remember that it’s double elimination, so all you Dutchmen (and women) still have hope.
China: OUT. Lost 4-0 to Japan and 14-0 to Korea, but beat Chinese Taipei once.
Chinese Taipei: OUT. Lost 9-0 to Korea and 4-1 to China.
Japan: IN. Beat China 4-0, beat Korea 14-2, lost to Korea 1-0
Korea: IN. Beat China 14-0, beat Chinese Taipei 9-0, Lost to Japan 14-2, beat Japan 1-0.
Australia: STILL ALIVE. Upset Mexico 17-7. Next game is tonight at 10:00 ET vs. Cuba
Cuba: STILL ALIVE. Beat South Africa 8-1. Next game is tonight at 10:00 ET vs. Australia.
Mexico: STILL ALIVE. Lost to Australia 17-7, beat South Africa 14-3. Next game is Wednesday vs. tonight’s loser
South Africa: OUT. Lost to Cuba 8-1 and to Mexico 14-3.
United States: STILL ALIVE. Beat Canada 6-5 and Venezuela 15-6. Next game is Wednesday vs. tonight’s winner.
Canada: OUT. Lost to USA 6-5 and Italy (wtf?) 6-2.
Italy: STILL ALIVE. Lost to Venezuela 7-0 and beat Canada 6-2. Next game is today at 5:00 ET vs. Venezuela.
Venezuela: STILL ALIVE. Lost to USA 15-6, beat Italy 7-0. Next game is today at 5:00 ET vs. Italy
Dominican Republic: STILL ALIVE. Upset by the Netherlands 3-2, beat Panama 9-0. Next game is today at 6:30 ET vs. The Netherlands.
The Netherlands: STILL ALIVE. Beat DR (wtf?) 3-2, lost to Puerto Rico 3-1. Next game is today at 6:30 ET vs. DR
Puerto Rico: STILL ALIVE. Beat Panama 7-0 and the Netherlands 3-1. Next game is Wednesday vs. tonight’s winner.
Panama: OUT. Lost to DR 9-0 and PR 7-0.
We’ll keep you posted on future goings-on of the WBC. I didn’t think I’d really be into it at all, but…I am.