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Honestly, Canada's lineup doesn't look that much better than Italy's. Votto and Morneau obviously are the difference makers. But otherwise it's minor league and marginal major league talent. And Italy has got a mix of major league and minor league talent as well.
I agree. Without Lawrie, Martin and any major-league pitchers, Canada isn't that loaded. It seems like the 2009 edition was stronger. And then lost to Italy.
Adam Loewen is an outfielder now?!
If memory serves, the Canadians greatly underestimated Italy, and didn't start Scott Richmond (who was the best MLB starter they had at the time), hoping to save him for a game against the loser of USA-Venezuela.
I want Ernie Whitt to put on a pair of gloves and have a mound visit.
I like the ringers. Makes things interesting. Had "Team Israel" advanced to this round it could've been a fun team to watch.
As for Spain, some of the Cubans now have real a connection to the country, right?
Yes, bunt for a hit down 4 in the 7th. That's a great idea.
The six-fingered glove is kind of cool. Isn't switching your pitching hand on the mound illegal in MLB? I'm not sure why I think that though.
This really shows how important depth is in this tournament. Team USA can have a bunch of no-shows and still put out a team that has very few weakspots. Canada has a small group of their players not show up and this happens.
Puerto Rico shows how to jump on an overmatched European team. Canada should take notes.
If i recall, a player has to have a grandparent born in the 'ringer country' and documentation of course. Not 3-4 generations removed...etc...I think the World Cup has the same standards.
I'd guess Tex was going to hit 6th and they're too lazy to change it.
This may be my most embarrassing moment as a Canadian.
John Blundell ?@JBMLBPR
Playing in the Team USA locker room right now "Real American" by Rick Derringer.
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