We invented the game, for goodness sake!
Nothing against the Japanese, but it’s inexcusable that the United States failed to win the World Baseball Classic for the 2nd time (out of 2 tournaments). The tournament was instead won by the Japanese, comprised of a grand total of 5 Major League Baseball players, over the Koreans, who only had 1 MLB player.
While the US team wasn’t fear-inducing with its collection of talent (many clubs are reluctant to allow their players to participate for fear of injury), with the likes of Jake Peavy, Roy Oswalt, Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Evan Longoria, David Wright, and Jimmy Rollins, the US should have put on a better show. Perhaps the 2nd straight failure will send a wake-up call to the American players, much like the failures of USA Basketball earlier this decade spurred gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.