The Netherlands just beat the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. AGAIN! The Dominicans get eliminated and don't make it out of the first round of the WBC. Cra-zee!
This is a team that is Double-A talent, at best, and they beat a baseball team with a roster filled with major MLB stars like David Ortiz, Robinson Cano, Miguel Tejada, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes and Pedro Martinez.
That's some pretty impressive talent. As opposed to the names on the Dutch team. Rick VandenHurk, Berry Van Driel, Michael van Kampen (well that's certainly three ways to use "van" in your last name), Sidney de Jong and Michael Duursma. One of their coaches was named Ben Thijssen. Really? Thijssen? Can I buy another vowel?
This is the little team that could. And the Americans are going to have to play this team at least once during the next round. Like I said, fear the Dutch. Austin Powers' father may have been right about them.
I don't know if I really like the concept of the World Baseball Classic. Especially for those players who might get hurt playing competitive games when they should be playing meaningless Spring Training games. But damn if I ain't hooked!
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. All the heavy underdogs are doing it.