It's A Wrap For Team USA - Eliminated From WBC

It was a good run but ultimately it was wasn't meant to be for Team USA. They lost in their semi-final game against Team Japan thus eliminating them from the WBC.

Team Japan advances to the Finals of the WBC for the second straight time. Team USA will break up and everyone will go to their respective camps to complete Spring Training and get ready for the season.

"To put on that Team USA jersey, to be a part of this, it's such a blessing," Brian Roberts said. "It was so awesome."

It was a tough time for Team USA this year in the tournamet as they battled through injuries to key players such as Chipper Jones, Kevin Youkillis, and Ryan Braun. Many people have questioned the moves by manager Davey Johnson for leaving pitchers in longer than they should've been in but the name of the game is to win. Team USA didn't.

They were 3 outs away on Monday night from being eliminated by Puerto Rico and they fought back to win and advance. There should be no shame in this team, they played as hard as they could but their weaknesses were exposed at the hands of Team Japan.

"You want to win," Mark DeRosa said. "It's frustrating. We just didn't go out there and perform tonight."

Tonight is the Championship Game for the WBC between Korea and Japan, Team USA will be watching from afar, maybe next time Team USA can go all the way.

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2 Responses to this post

  1. Bronx Baseball Daily on March 23, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Davey Johnson made two really big mistakes, he left Oswald in too long and he should have had Rollins playing short.

    It's really a shame that in such a big game he kind of threw it away. If USA doesn't take the tournament more serious in 2013 I don't think it will make it to 2017.

  2. Frank Negron Jr. on March 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    i think more players should be involved for USA, they need more stars on the team. even with injuries they should be dominating every game.