Team USA plays Venezuela this week in the semifinal round of the WBC.
It was the bottom of the ninth and pressure had been mounting as the innings drifted into the record books. Team USA needed a comeback rally to avoid elimination from the World Baseball Classic, and when the Mets’ David Wright stepped into the batter’s box, the comeback was almost complete.
Puerto Rico’s pitchers worked themselves into a bases-loaded jam and walked in a run to cut Team USA’s deficit to one. With one out, Puerto Rico’s Fernando Cabrera delivered a low, cutting fastball to Wright. He looped it fair down the first-base line, scoring two and sealing a spot in the semifinals for the United States. Appropriately, a mob scene ensued at home plate. To me, watching the highlights on ESPN, it was a taste of October baseball in the middle of March. But was anybody actually watching when it all went down? (more…)