Last night I did fall into the trap of watching the World Baseball Classic final since Team USA was playing. The last baseball game I watched was Game 7 of the World Series which was very thrilling. Although the WBC Final didn’t have the sphincter-clenching tension the World Series Game 7 had with Team USA beating Team Puerto Rico 8-0, it was still enjoyable to watch.
First, can we talk about the Puerto Ricans hair? As a show of unity they all decided to bleach (or attempt to bleach) their hair and facial hair.
I’m all for interesting ways to show team unity 1, but I couldn’t help but think back to the awful frosted tips trend of the late 90s and early 00s. God, those were awful. Maybe that’s why the gods had them lose in such a devastating way.
As for the game, it was a pitchers’ duel for the first several innings which are my favorite games since they tend to breeze by. A two-run homer by Ian Kinsler in the third opened the scoring. But it was the three-run seventh inning that put the any doubts away.
What was pretty amazing was hearing how loud the Dodger Stadium crowd got. Those volumes are usually only reserved for playoff games.
1 Actually, the thought of conformity utterly strikes fear in my heart which is why I never got into team sports. But I suppose these are things that are needed for team sports.