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Holy Crap

After a long hiatus, I’m poking my head in here to deliver this tidbit:

The freaking Netherlands just beat the Cuban National Team in an IBAF world cup game.  Against the unstoppable force of pitchers Deigomar Markwell and David Bergman, Yuliesky Gourriel went 0-for-4.  Frederich Cepeda went 1-for-3.  Yoandry Urgelles went 0-for-3.  The best team in international competition managed just 5 hits, none of them going for extra bases.

The Netherlands Lineup, meanwhile, comprised mostly of guys in their late-20s who will never play in the states (Rick Vanden Hurk isn’t on the world cup roster and Greg Halman, while on the team, didn’t play), managed 10 hits to score 2 runs.

The win gave the Netherlands a 5-2 record and propelled them into the quarterfinals, knocking Canada out of the tournament in the process.

The boxscore is available at the IBAF website (http://www.baseball.ch/), or at baseballdecuba.com.  There should be streaming video on both sites as well.

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November 15, 2007 - Posted by | IBAF World Cup

3 Comments »

  1. Glad to have you back!

    By the way, you can watch all of the WC games here: http://www.stadeo.tv/baseball_world_cup_2007/games/

    Comment by Emmett O'Connell | November 15, 2007

  2. By the way, any thoughts on PR not having a winter league this year?

    Comment by Emmett O'Connell | November 15, 2007

  3. Hi Emmett,

    I’m disappointed that the Puerto Rican winter league failed, but having been on the island last season, I’m not at all surprised. The league is an infrastructural nightmare. There’s no public transportation from the cities to the stadiums, and the buses that run anywhere near them shut down at 7PM (in time to get to the game, but not in time to return) and drop you off 3 miles away. Puerto Rico’s been under American influence enough that sports like basketball and football have eroded the island’s interest in baseball, and the local interest in the Caribbean series was underwhelming, except among Dominican immigrants.

    Fortunately for me, I lived in the area of San Juan most densely populated by Dominicans, so I wasn’t entirely cut off from baseball mania last January.

    Comment by JH | November 15, 2007


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