Monday, March 23, 2009

The next-to-last update

So, one day and one game to go in the World Baseball Classic. And it's Japan vs South Korea. For the 5th time. No, that's not a misprint. They will play each other for the 5th time in this tournament. Some explain again how this double-elimination idea is good. Because it's really not. They should be playing a best-of-3, to make sure one team has two losses, and is actually eliminated. But in the finals of a double-elimination tournament, the loser isn't actually doubly eliminated. Does that make sense? It should, as much as any of the other insanity involved with the Classic makes sense.

All-in-all, however, I do rate it as a success, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Except for the U.S. team, which was a major disappointment throughout. But if Bud doesn't care, why should the players?

So on to the last game:

South Korea vs Japan. I've picked South Korea a lot throughout the classic, and have picked them to beat Japan more than once. I've also picked them to lose to Japan more than once. They've done all that, just not at the same time as me. The Japanese confuse me. They were without a doubt, one of the top-4 teams in the Classic, but haven't played like it. They've lost games they should have won, and won games they should have lost. This could be a toss-up. I can see this being a tie game going into the 13th inning, where the stupidest tie-breaker of all time (yes, even stupider than soccer) will determine the winner on 2 sacrifice bunts.

South Korea over Japan. Because I lived in South Korea for a year, and I've only been to the Tokyo airport. That's it.

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