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It took seven years, but we finally got a matchup between the Dominican Republic and the United States of America in the World Baseball Classic. It was worth the wait. With a spot in the final round on the line, the Dominicans rallied in the top of the ninth in front of a frenzied crowd that seemed to be made up mostly of Dominican fans, celebrating every big hit like it was a walkoff home run. I'm only speaking for myself here, but it was unlike anything I've seen on a baseball field in March.
Let's just take a second to talk about the scene in Miami in the top of the ninth inning. With Nelson Cruz on third base and one out in a 1-1 game, Erick Aybar came up to the plate as a pinch-hitter to face Craig Kimbrel. With the crowd seemingly on the edge of an eruption, Aybar took a 1-1 pitch that looked like it was six inches off of the outside part of the plate. Umpire Angel Hernandez called the pitch strike two. The crowd howled, Aybar literally jumped up and down in t...
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First of all, happy birthday to my friend Michelle. Her superlove for BMac makes me laugh literally every day, and I'm grateful she's my best IM friend. You should follow her on Twitter (@USCFox) if you don't already - she's a great Braves and USC fan.
First, a picture of Mac, just for her.
Hey girl. Happy birthday.
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Would you look at that even future hall of fame baseball players are not above trolling Twitter for more followers. The only difference is, unlike myself, Chipper Jones has the ability to do it without really trying all that hard. The former Atlanta third baseman sent a random tweet into the Twittersphere for those rabid MLB fans to chomp on.
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The Dominican Republic won an exciting and emotional game over the United States in the World Baseball Classic, but it wasn’t without controversy from home plate umpire Angel Hernandez. Eric Aybar was up with one man on with the scored tied at 1. With the count at 1-1, closer Craig Kimbrel threw it waaaaay outside. Your browser does not support iframes. I’m just not sure why...
The day before, Dominican Republic manager Tony Pena engaged in classic manager-speak, all but calling the D.R.-USA matchup "just another game."
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Pena was lying. And his reaction Thursday night, as he teared...
The Dominican Republic scored that countries biggest victory Thursday night rallying for two runs in the top of the ninth to beat the United States 3-1 in the World Baseball Classic from Miami. Tied 1-1 entering the top half of the final inning, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel entered the game where he promptly gave up [...]
One thing can be said about the World Baseball Classic: there isn’t a lack of drama! The US could have won the game last night and wrote their ticket to the semis. Instead Craig Kimbrel had a rare meltdown and the Dominican Republic moved on instead. It is not over for the US yet though as they get one more shot tonight to make it to the next round. Standing in their way is Puerto...