Sunday, March 8, 2009

World Baseball Classic Day 1

After a little exploring the area by car, we headed over to Hiram Bithorn Stadium for day 1 of the World Baseball Classic. On the upside, parking was only $3. On the downside, we had to stand in line for an hour and a half to pick up our tickets from will call. Not the smoothest run operation.

Game 1 was the Dominican Republic vs the Netherlands. We missed Eugene Kingsale scoring in the first inning, but cheered for him in subsequent at bats. The sun was out the whole game and the stadium was about half full. The Netherlands ended up beating the Dominican Republic 3 to 2.

After killing a couple of hours at the mall across the street, we settled in for Panama vs Puerto Rico in game 2. The locals came out in force to cheer on their team. The rain held off and Puerto Rico ended up walking all over Panama beating them 7 to 0.

Today is the loosers bracket of Panama vs Dominican Republic. Tomorrow will be Netherlands vs Puerto Rico in the winners bracket.

Other WBC scores so far:
  • Japan and Korea play Monday to determine the winner of Pool A.
  • Pool B kicks off today with RSA v CUB and AUS v MEX.
  • Yesterday USA beat Canada 6 to 5 and Venezuela killed Italy 7 to 0.

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