WBC Five Cuts: USA vs. Dutch
Team USA was so battered by injuries that manager
"Greatest half inning of my life," gushed McCann, who borrowed
Somehow, I don't believe Atlanta manager
"I wasn't going to do anything crazy out there," McCann said.
Excuse me? Have you seen what has happened to your club in the WBC? Anything can happen. In two days the USA lost four players to injuries:
And remember, too, that Rays reliever
What is going on here? Are players getting hurt by the awkward schedule with so many days off? Is there the same level of training care and prevention they would get in a normal spring training? "There's a lot of stretching and running before guys do anything," McCann said. "I don't think that has anything to do with that." Are players being asked to play at an intensity level for which their bodies are not prepared? "To a certain extent," Braun admitted. "It's a little different playing meaningful games this early."
Once again, the worst thing the WBC can do is send players back to their major league teams with injuries or a lack of proper work. If even by a streak of lousy luck, the worst-case scenario has been in play too often.
"I thought he took a little too long watching it," Lindstrom said.
So what did he do? Lindstrom threw the next pitch behind the backside of somebody named
Johnson embarrassed himself in the postgame news conference with a sloppy lie to cover for Lindstrom, saying, "He wasn't throwing at the third baseman. He was trying to hop up and get a little extra on him and the ball got away from him."
Of course, it wasn't close to being true.
"I was just trying to send a message," Lindstom admitted. "If I was trying to hit him, I probably could have."
The Dutch stormed out of their dugout and shouted at Lindstrom and home plate umpire
"I thought that was classless," Netherlands manager
As the Dutch displayed their anger for all to see, the United States players did something very interesting: Nothing at all. Players pawed at the dirt and grass with their spikes, no one moving to get between the Dutch players and their pitcher.
"You can't fault them for that,"
Rooi flied out to rightfield and headed back to the dugout by running directly past Lindstrom, making sure to say some sweet nothing in his ear. Rest assured it was not "Hup, Holland, hup."
Lindstrom said he could not say what Rooi told him because it was "not appropriate." But when asked if he feared Rooi might escalate the situation as he ran toward him, Lindstrom said, "If he was going to do something he would have done it."
Gee, can't wait for the rematch in 2013.
"For pitchers [the WBC] is more dangerous than it is for hitters," Braun said, "especially the velocity guys trying to throw hard when they're not ready to do that."