Finally, after 4 attempts the USA baseball team is champions of the baseball world. The thought of another USA early exit was frightening, anything besides a championship would be a failure, and the boys from back home got it done. The road to glory was not a smooth one in the slightest, at the end of the day the destination is all the same, and oh boy did it feel good to officially establish that USA is the best country in the world at baseball. The Japanese gave us a good run, not gonna lie, I at no point was comfortable with thinking that we were going to win that game. We got the job done, though. Then we were sent onto to face the powerhouse Puerto Rico.
USA sent Marcus Stroman to the mound in the championship game against Puerto Rico. A controversial move by Jim Leyland with Chris Archer also being availiable to start. Especially when you take into consideration the last outing Stroman had against Puerto Rico, earlier in the tournament. Stroman had been criticized all WBC by the Puerto Rico fans due to him originally saying he'd play for Puerto Rico, instead he ended up playing for USA, the country he was born and raised. Stroman and his mother received awful hate tweets from fans and he was very unhappy about it. Well, he took it out on the PR lineup, he got through 6 innings allowing no hits and only one walk. Talk about a performance of a lifetime, the team you were originally going to play for, throw in the fan disrespecting you and your mother, and this has got to be at the very top of Stroman's favorite performances in his lifetime. Oh by the way, he won MVP. A tip of the cap to you Mr. Stroman, way to put the country on your back.
Ian Kinsler, also had a spite with team Puerto Rico. Right before the game he made comments about the difference in play between the Americans and the Hispanic speaking teams. Saying something along the lines of the Americans don't show much emotion on the field meanwhile those teams are dancing around acting like kids playing a game. Well Ian, they are just kids playing a game, so I kinda didn't agree with him. However, it's true they do take it a little overboard when they come out of the dugout after every homerun, act like you been their before, show some class. Kinsler put his money where his mouth is though, he took Seth Lugo deep early to get the USA off and running. After the homerun no one came running out of the dugout, just high fives all around as he acted like he's been their before. Play how you want to play, celebrate, have fun, just respect the other team.
USA won in dominating fashion 8-0, a surprising result based off of how dominate Puerto Rico had been all tournament. They were a perfect 7-0 going into the championship game against USA. Unfortunately for them, they ran into a team of destiny.
All in all just happy the USA accomplished the mission. After the previous three WBC's where the USA didn't even place in the top 3, let alone make it to the championship game, baseball in our country needed this. I know people say we don't send all our best players, but none of the teams do, so that's no excuse. You are represented by who is playing for your team, there's no excuses for failure besides you just weren't good enough. Another failure would've been a real wake up call, especially if it were Japan that beat us. You already know they'd be thinking they're league is better than ours is if they just kept on beating us, so we really needed that win. All those Hispanic countries just have so much unreal talent, losing to them is acceptable because they produce baseball players like middle east produces oil. In four tournaments we should be able to get at least one, and we finally did. USA USA USA!