Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The "Miracle on Turf"

I'm shocked.



The Netherlands just eliminated the Dominican Republic from the World Baseball Classic in the 1st round...


This game surely doesn't have the socio-political impact of the "Miracle On Ice" in Lake Placid, NY but it is certainly one of the biggest upsets I can think of.

A team of has-beens and never-weres - whose best hitter is remember more for his hit on a racing sausage than for his big league career - beats a collection of Major League All-Stars TWICE in four days to eliminate them from a tournament Team Dominicana cares deeply about.


These players from the Netherlands may not be Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, Mark Johnson or Ken Morrow but they are certainly national heroes now.

Randall Simon?

Eugene Kingsale?

Yurendall de Caster?

Some dudes named Schoop, Stuifbergen and Duursma take out a powerhouse loaded with the likes of Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, David Ortiz Miguel Tejada, Pedro Martinez, Robinson Cano, Jose Guillen and some of the best arms in the big leagues?


Gotta love the WBC...



  1. I watched every pitch of the game and I agree with you. Simply amazing!

  2. Boyd (2-0) for the Netherlands. Is this part of Dennis "Oil-Can" Boyd's post 50 comeback?