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Puerto Rico trounces U.S. 11-1 in WBC

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11-1, mercy rule, ha haha ha ha hahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

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Ouch! all over again.

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And something else GW. This game ended more then 24h ago and so far not a single reaction from the self proclaimed experts....smirk

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Yeah, I went on Yahoo's baseball page and not one story to be found. What's up with that?

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Have mercy!

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oh well lets not forget he Japan vs Korea lesson. It call all turn around within a week.

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11-1 hahaha what an embarrassment

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Yikes. That's all I can say: YIKES!!!!!!

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Boy look at the "na-na-nannygoats" we got here. I mean really, Yahoos webpage is just full of WBC news including this story. The American sportspages are also covering the events in much more detail than we have here at Japantoday... I mean where are the pages strictly devoted to team America when they win ? Like todays trouncing of the Netherlands ? No photo ? Hmm. As for this old news, make no mistake, Puerto Rico is a threat to win the whole thing. Getting beat by 10 runs is by no means embarrasing. On the contrary, PR is swinging some hot sticks right now. Their top 10 batters have 7 hitting over 300. They are also second currently in team batting.

As for the US, no surprises. Their pitching is weak. Hitters will have to take up the slack. In short, I don't see the USA winning if their offense is held under 6-7 runs. I expect them to get a rematch with Venezuela and then again Puerto Rico, that game will decide who plays Cuba for the title. Yep, as much as some of you want to gloat, the Americans are still in the hunt !

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Puerto Rico's really the 51st state, so the U.S. really beat itself 11-1.

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"I would be pissed at the US team if they failed to be competitive again in their own tourney"

Sorry, it's not the American's tourney. They event was promoted by MLB and the players union and is sanctioned by the "International Baseball Federation" as well as professional baseball leagues from Japan, Korea, Mexico, etc.

As for the Americans being "competitive", well its clear they are, even though they are not motivated or overly enthused. And who could blame them ? Stats after the last WBC showed on average that major league pitchers that participated in the WBC, when compared with their previous years, had higher eras, more losses, and were more prone to injury ! To date the US has lost 3 players to injury in this tournement including Chipper Jones, Dustin Pedroia, and Ryan Braun of the Brewers... gonna be some p.o'ed major league teams out there to get these damaged goods back.

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Yeah sure nominally it's an internationally organized gig, but most international sporting events are similarly organized but they all have a main sponsor/host. In that sense I call it America's tourney.

As for the Americans being "competitive", well its clear they are, even though they are not motivated or overly enthused.

Motivation, enthusiasm and results are included in being competitive - not potential, which is used before a tourney begins. Otherwise the failed Dream Teams would all be called competitive even though they under performed. Or the Canadian and US hockey teams at the Nagano Olympics. As a sports fan I expect the premier teams to deliver and the US team is one of those teams, injuries or no.

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oh well lets not forget he Japan vs Korea lesson. It call all turn around within a week.

Lo and behold the bobba was right. It was self evident though. Korea, Japan, Mexico all were doing this. Unfortunately for P.R., the opponents rebound happened to occur when defeat wasn't acceptable. The U.S. advances and the Puerto Ricans go home.

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Throwinstones asks an excellent question !

"where are the pages strictly devoted to team America when they win ? Like todays trouncing of the Netherlands ? No photo ? Hmm"

Great game by the Americans as they avenged this loss to Puerto Rico and knocked them out of the tournement in the process. Yosh !!!

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