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doublem23
03-23-2009, 02:42 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/09/Flag_of_South_Korea.svg/125px-Flag_of_South_Korea.svg.png v. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9e/Flag_of_Japan.svg/125px-Flag_of_Japan.svg.png

BleacherBandit
03-23-2009, 05:15 PM
Sorry, I'm still sort of bitter. :mad:

ohthosechisox
03-23-2009, 09:29 PM
Go Team Japan! :smile:

I'm a Japanese language minor and I've had an interest in the culture for a long time, so I'm quite partial to this team.

getonbckthr
03-23-2009, 09:42 PM
6 1/3 til I cash in.

palehozenychicty
03-23-2009, 09:54 PM
I like both teams, but have to pull for Korea, otherwise I'll be in trouble at home. The gf is Korean.

oeo
03-23-2009, 10:16 PM
This is a great game for those who aren't watching. Definitely has that Game 7 atmosphere.

oeo
03-23-2009, 10:20 PM
White Sox killer Shin-Soo Choo ties it up with a solo dinger.

spongyfungy
03-23-2009, 10:35 PM
that was an awesome throw by the left fielder.

though i thought he was safe.

http://thumbnails9.imagebam.com/3062/64e6d630614185.gif (http://www.imagebam.com/image/64e6d630614185/) http://thumbnails8.imagebam.com/3062/d1a22f30614207.gif (http://www.imagebam.com/image/d1a22f30614207/)

oeo
03-23-2009, 10:39 PM
that was an awesome throw by the left fielder.

though i thought he was safe.

http://thumbnails9.imagebam.com/3062/64e6d630614185.gif (http://www.imagebam.com/image/64e6d630614185/) http://thumbnails8.imagebam.com/3062/d1a22f30614207.gif (http://www.imagebam.com/image/d1a22f30614207/)

Yeah, he was definitely safe, you could tell in real time that he was. If this was on Fox, they'd be all over it, and we'd have to hear about it every inning from here on out.

Still a good play, and I was more impressed with his sliding stop than the throw. That was nice.

spongyfungy
03-23-2009, 10:55 PM
This is a darn good game. defense has been stellar for both teams

areilly
03-23-2009, 11:20 PM
I still can't get over how insane these crowds are for the non-US games.

oeo
03-23-2009, 11:24 PM
I still can't get over how insane these crowds are for the non-US games.

Yeah, this is nuts. I hope Korea ties this up.

oeo
03-23-2009, 11:58 PM
1st and 2nd, 1 out in the 9th.

oeo
03-24-2009, 12:03 AM
Tie game!

spongyfungy
03-24-2009, 12:03 AM
Yeah, this is nuts. I hope Korea ties this up.

wow. they did. amazing game

whitem0nkey
03-24-2009, 12:09 AM
Well I'm glad I'm not the only one loosing some sleep to watch a real good baseball game.

Edit: plus were watching the longest WBC championship game ever. hopefully they don't run out of pitchers.

HawkDJ
03-24-2009, 12:18 AM
I don't care what anyone says about the WBC, this is fantastic baseball.

DrCrawdad
03-24-2009, 12:20 AM
I don't care what anyone says about the WBC, this is fantastic baseball.


Exactly!

oeo
03-24-2009, 12:24 AM
Ichiro gives Japan the lead again. Damn, I was hoping Korea would pull this out.

spongyfungy
03-24-2009, 12:25 AM
they should have walked him with 1st base open. He's Ichiro!

DrCrawdad
03-24-2009, 12:25 AM
Ichiro gives Japan the lead again. Damn, I was hoping Korea would pull this out.

Me too! Ichiro is so good.

rookie
03-24-2009, 12:26 AM
I was too. I wanted Korea to win it. Man, this is a good game, but I am going to be sooooo tired tomorrow.

HawkDJ
03-24-2009, 12:32 AM
Korea, you lost me money, but you won my heart.

oeo
03-24-2009, 12:35 AM
Korea, you lost me money, but you won my heart.

Maybe not over yet. Dreaded leadoff walk.

whitem0nkey
03-24-2009, 12:40 AM
wow, congratulations to Japan.

Edit: Ichiro had a great game.

Shoeless_Jeff
03-24-2009, 12:44 AM
That was a great game. Congratulations to Japan.

oeo
03-24-2009, 12:44 AM
Great game, and a good capper to what seems like a successful 2nd WBC.

SoxSpeed22
03-24-2009, 12:45 AM
This is the kind of game that could make the WBC a mainstream event. The fans were really into it and it truly felt like a championship game. All they need to do is figure out how to coordinate this event with the MLB season. Congrats to Japan.

areilly
03-24-2009, 12:49 AM
Great game, and a good capper to what seems like a successful 2nd WBC.

Did they say anything about attendance numbers at Jamsil? The Korean contingent at Dodger Stadium was crazy on its own, but they kept showing the shots of the other crowd 6,000 miles away and suddenly road trips to Cleveland to watch the Sox seem so...small.

oeo
03-24-2009, 01:13 AM
Did they say anything about attendance numbers at Jamsil? The Korean contingent at Dodger Stadium was crazy on its own, but they kept showing the shots of the other crowd 6,000 miles away and suddenly road trips to Cleveland to watch the Sox seem so...small.

I thought they said it was around 20,000.

Frater Perdurabo
03-24-2009, 07:02 AM
They ought to do the WBC during the MLB postseason, populating the rosters with players from teams that do not qualify for the MLB playoffs. It might help baseball take back October from the NFL.

sox1970
03-24-2009, 08:36 AM
They ought to do the WBC during the MLB postseason, populating the rosters with players from teams that do not qualify for the MLB playoffs. It might help baseball take back October from the NFL.

That idea is worse than having the All-Star Game decide home field advantage in the World Series. Bud, is that you?

Madvora
03-24-2009, 08:37 AM
They ought to do the WBC during the MLB postseason, populating the rosters with players from teams that do not qualify for the MLB playoffs. It might help baseball take back October from the NFL.
That's an interesting idea, but I think the main problem is that the owners of these teams don't want their investments getting mixed up and potentially hurt in these exhibition games. I love the WBC and I'd love to see the best players in there, but money runs the world and the players' main job is to play for their paying team.
Another idea would be to have something like a champions league where the club teams from around the world compete against each other. The problem with that is that all of the best players already come to the US, so that wouldn't work right now. We may be years and years away from something like that being possible. But, I love the idea of competing for your country. It changes how we know baseball. I just hope this can keep improving.

Anyway, last night's game was outstanding. Fundamentally sound all around and a very tight contest. That's Japanese left fielder's play to catch the short hop, slide and then nail the guy at second was awesome.

Madvora
03-24-2009, 10:28 AM
Congratulations to Japan. Here's some images of the Japanese Prime Minister that I forgot that I saved a long time ago.

http://triton.imageshack.us/Himg12/scaled.php?server=12&filename=japanpm11.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=480
http://triton.imageshack.us/Himg10/scaled.php?server=10&filename=japan2.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=480
http://triton.imageshack.us/Himg7/scaled.php?server=7&filename=japan3s.jpg&xsize=640&ysize=480

oeo
03-24-2009, 10:44 AM
That's an interesting idea, but I think the main problem is that the owners of these teams don't want their investments getting mixed up and potentially hurt in these exhibition games. I love the WBC and I'd love to see the best players in there, but money runs the world and the players' main job is to play for their paying team.

Unless I misunderstood him, and that's possible because I wasn't 100% listening, I thought Selig said the majority of owners were behind it. Now they just need that to trickle down to the players.

Thome25
03-24-2009, 10:49 AM
Congrats Japan......baseball has been a fixture there for a long while. I believe it was brought over by American soldiers during WWII.

BleacherBandit
03-24-2009, 10:50 AM
Did they say anything about attendance numbers at Jamsil? The Korean contingent at Dodger Stadium was crazy on its own, but they kept showing the shots of the other crowd 6,000 miles away and suddenly road trips to Cleveland to watch the Sox seem so...small.

A lot of Koreans live in California.

DSpivack
03-24-2009, 11:13 AM
Congrats Japan......baseball has been a fixture there for a long while. I believe it was brought over by American soldiers during WWII.

I think it predated that. Barnstorming trips to Japan were made by the Giants and White Sox in the 1910s; Japan had a professional baseball league as early as 1934.

areilly
03-24-2009, 11:32 AM
A lot of Koreans live in California.

I just meant it was crazy and highly enviable they could fill two stadiums for one game.

Iwritecode
03-24-2009, 11:58 AM
That idea is worse than having the All-Star Game decide home field advantage in the World Series. Bud, is that you?

That's an interesting idea, but I think the main problem is that the owners of these teams don't want their investments getting mixed up and potentially hurt in these exhibition games. I love the WBC and I'd love to see the best players in there, but money runs the world and the players' main job is to play for their paying team.

It's actually not a horrible idea. Even if the players got hurt they'd have all winter to recover. The only problem is that the number of players that would be able to play would drop a lot depending on which teams made the playoffs.

There would be a lot of pretty good players not in it for all countries.

BleacherBandit
03-24-2009, 12:03 PM
I just meant it was crazy and highly enviable they could fill two stadiums for one game.

Yeah, but I think they said there were 20,000 at the stadium in Korea. I don't know if they had it completely filled.

HawkDJ
03-24-2009, 01:51 PM
There would be a lot of pretty good players not in it for all countries.

Well after division rounds are over (and first pool play from the WBC) we'd only be missing players from 4 teams. I actually like this idea, it gives everyone a chance to be in the postseason. The US could've fielded a very nice team from players not in the playoffs last year...

Mauer
Teixiera
Roberts
Wright
Jeter
Sizemore
Holliday
Hamilton

Peavy
Lincecum
Webb
Nathan

The question remains, will the players actually play? Another big problem is MLB would have baseball (WBC and the playoffs) competing against itself.

doublem23
03-24-2009, 02:06 PM
Another big problem is MLB would have baseball (WBC and the playoffs) competing against itself.

That's why it wouldn't happen.

areilly
03-24-2009, 04:27 PM
Yeah, but I think they said there were 20,000 at the stadium in Korea. I don't know if they had it completely filled.

30,000 capacity. Color me impressed.

oeo
03-24-2009, 05:05 PM
30,000 capacity. Color me impressed.

Especially considering the game was being played mid-day on a Tuesday there.