One key contributor in the Netherlands' upset victory over Korea in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday wasn't anywhere near the stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.
In fact, he's not even Dutch.
Ryan Sadowski is a Miami-born, right-handed pitcher with six games of major-league experience, all with the San Francisco Giants in 2009. He's back with the Giants this year as a non-roster invitee to their spring camp in Scottsdale, Ariz. He woke up at 4 a.m. local time Saturday and logged into the online broadcast of the Netherlands-Korea game.
"I had to watch it live," he said over the telephone later Saturday.
What would explain Sadowski's interest in a group-stage WBC matchup played on the other side of the world? Let's just say he's one of the best advance scouts in baseball -- albeit an unofficial one.
See, in between his '09 stint in San Francisco and his return this year, Sadowski spent three seasons with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization -- the country's highest ...