Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/9/13
Americans have done a great job growing the World Baseball Classic. They've done a poor job winning it. At a time when global interest in the tournament is at a high -- as evidenced by astronomical television ratings in Japan and a loud majority of Mexican fans at Chase Field on Friday night -- Team USA remains stagnant, bafflingly ill-equipped and underprepared for the international style of play. R.A. Dickey's knuckleball didn't knuckle, Eduardo Arredondo rapped the game's first pitch onto the outfield grass, Team Mexico had a two-run lead before the first commercial break, and the Americans never sniffed a lead -- to the delight of most among the boisterous crowd of 44,256. At the moment Sergio Romo retired Jimmy Rollins for the final out of Mexico's 5-2 win, the Americans dropped to 7-8 all-time in WBC play. Shocking, isn't it? "It is what it is," Rollins said. "I wouldn't say 'shocking.' But that's where we sit right now. We're just trying to rewrite that." If Team USA w...
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