Monday, March 13, 2006

Root Root Root for the Villans

Lots of action this weekend. Red Sox pitchers continue their poor performances with Schilling pitching way too far inside vs the Pirates and Paps getting knocked around by the Twins (goodbye Mayors Cup). In international news (always wanted to say that) the WBC is still captivating and moving into round 2. Cuba beat up on Venezuela 7-2, Korea shocked Mexico 2-1 and Puerto Rico destroyed the DR 7-1 (and it wasn’t even that close).

The real story was the Japan/USA game. The heavily favored USA had come from behind to tie the score at 3 in the bottom of the 6th. In the 7th, Japan loaded the bases with one out. The Japanese 3rd baseman Akinori Iwamura (THE Akinori Iwamura!) hits an apparent sac fly to put Japan on top 4-3. But NO! Conspiracy! Controversy! Scandal! USA skipper Buck Martinez said the runner from 3rd left early and that there are now 3 outs and the run doesn’t count. He bitched and moaned and appealed to the other umpires… and got it over turned!

The runner CLEARLY didn’t leave early. Japans manager Sadaharu Oh (long lost father of Grey’s Anatomy star Sandra Oh?) was pissed. The finishing touch was A-Rod hitting a bleeder up the middle in the ninth to win it 4-3. Ugly. International incident ugly. I know Eric defended team USA (we were unfairly labeling them Team Yankee) but now I believe they deserve some ire. They are the Dick Dastardly and Muttley of this Wacky Race. Who knows what dirty tricks and underhanded schemes are left in the playbook for the USA.

Team Mexico kidnapped and forced to work in Texas Wal-Marts for less than minimum wage?

Puerto Rico declared a state and forced to fold into team USA?

All Cuban players arrested for ties to Communist dictator Bud Selig?

Look at it from an international perspective. Isn’t the United States the Yankees when compared to the rest of the world? They both pay through the nose to have the best stuff, they were big winners back in the day but are underachieving now and both of their managers are rich and nuts! Didn’t I hear that Cashman just shot a buddy in the head while hunting for rats in the Bronx? It’s like looking in a mirror!