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Canada eliminated from World Baseball Classic

By Nawest Vazquez     Mar 10, 2009 in Sports
Italy. Italy! Team Canada, ousted from the World Baseball Classic, by Italy. No offence to Italy but, well, they're Italy. I'm sorry, but that's rough.
The World Baseball Classic tournament just began for Canada. And, just like that, it's over. Ended in our own backyard, no less. Cue immense sadness.
It was a 6-2 final, and Team Canada was left wondering what went wrong when it was all said and done.
I'll be honest, I drank a lot during Canada's two games. But I'm pretty sure I didn't see Toronto Blue Jay Scott Richmond throw a pitch. Why not? What was he being saved for? I'm off manager Ernie Whitt. Huge.
It sucked to see the homeland go out like that, especially to bloody Italy, but the tournament wasn't a complete loss. After all, on Saturday afternoon, I got to experience firsthand what playoff baseball would be like at the Rogers Centre.
My man Lloyd at Ghostrunner on First wrote about it, and the Drunks wrote about it, too. The atmosphere was electric. Everyone was on their feet, hanging on to each and every pitch. It was loud. It was, frankly, the opposite experience than you'd expect at the Dome for a baseball game. Sure, Canada lost 6-5 to Team USA, but it didn't matter. Meaningful baseball - for all intents and purposes, playoff baseball - was played at the Rogers Centre, and I was there. It was magical.
Canada may have been eliminated from the World Baseball Classic last night, but let it never be said that Toronto is not a baseball town. My city proved that it was, and is, on Saturday afternoon.
You know, there's still 162 games to be played, but it sure is a good thing the Toronto Blue Jays will be taking part in playoff baseball this October. The Cable Box will be rocking, much like it was over the weekend. The Jays are winning the pennant, after all.
And, just to be clear, the only way Canada can redeem itself is by beating Italy in soccer. It's the only way.
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