Found March 08, 2013 on The Phillies Blunt:
It may not exactly have the excitement of a game 7 in October, but for those of us who find baseball to be  a welcomed reminder that the winter thaw is upon us, the World Baseball Classic is our quadrennial get-out-of-jail-free card. Featuring some of Major League Baseball’s biggest names playing alongside some of their lesser known countrymen, the innings tend to drudge on like a little league game without a 10-run rule.  However, the opportunity to see familiar faces in a familiar setting is enough reason to tune into the MLB Network at 3 AM on a Tuesday night in March. As the classic’s first round got underway in Japan and Taiwan on Tuesday, the Dominican Republic’s team was headed to Clearwater to take on the Fightin’ Phils in an exhibition game.  Cole Hamels got the start and went 2 and 2/3 innings, giving up 8 runs on 12 hits, including a trifecta of homers to Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano, and Hanley Ramirez.  Phillies pitching prospects, Ethan Martin and Jonathan Pettibone, didn’t fare much better in relief, giving up a combined 9 runs on 15 hits. Following the ugly start, Hamels tipped his hat to major leaguers who stay sharp in the off season by playing winter ball, before, in true big league form, writing off the whole mess saying, “Thank  goodness, it doesn’t count.”  As for his own thoughts on the World Classic and joining team U.S.A. himself  in the future, Hamels said, “My alliegances are to the Phillies and the organization winning a World Series.  I think winning a World Series is a little more important than…I don’t know, whatever trophy they give out for the World Baseball Classic.”  Now that’s loyalty…even if it is a pile of bollocks. SW – Kevin Anderson
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