I still don’t really get the World Baseball Classic.
It’s going on now and handfuls of players from handfuls of teams leave their spring training and play together for their “homeland” teams.
It’s supposed to help make baseball a more global game.
A lot of baseball fans hate it, because it takes key players away from their real teams, exposes them to injury, and seems a little strange that it sort of just shows up every four years.
So, maybe you were too busy watching basketball last night … or drinking wine … or knitting … or watching CNN … or making an uncomfortable call to your parents to ask for a loan … or, seriously, I don’t know what you were doing last night, but maybe you weren’t watching Team USA play Team Colombia.
So, in case you missed it, let me help you out.
Team USA, like the teams from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, is filled with players with names you know.
Team Colombia is not.
This should have been one of those easy-peasy games.
It was not.
At the end of 9 innings, the score was tied, 2-2.
And, here we are … Bottom of the 10th, score still knotted at 2, two men on, two out.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones at the plate … he’s 0-and-2 (which Orioles fans will tell you is where you’ll often find him).
That was fun.
Tonight, Team USA – filled with names you’ll recognize – will battle it out against the Dominican Republic – even more names you’ll know.
Seriously, better than knitting. Or, the news. Even basketball.
6:30 p.m. EST Tonight. On the MLB Network.