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Saturday, March 16, 2013

ESPN: Team USA reacts to celebration

MIAMI—A day after players from the Dominican Republic engaged in some no-holds-barred celebrations at Marlins Park in response to their 3-1 World Baseball Classic victory against Team USA, it became apparent that some American players weren’t overly thrilled with the spectacle.

Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips, known for his demonstrative nature on the field, said the celebrations were a topic of discussion among some of his teammates. Although Phillips considered several sequences over the top by typical baseball standards, he had no objections to the way the Dominicans reacted.

“Some players had something to say about it, but I can only speak for myself,’’ Phillips told reporters before Team USA’s elimination game against Puerto Rico on Friday night. “It was cool. I’m a flashy person myself, so I kind of like this stuff.

Seems like the US players are not happy the DR tried and wanted to win.

Meatwad Posted: March 16, 2013 at 11:46 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Monty Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM (#4389703)
"It's not fair of you to be happy when you beat me" is my least favorite unwritten rule.
   2. Meatwad Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:37 AM (#4389709)
Wohoo messaging repoz on fb to get this posted quick worked!

Really though, I find it funny that team USA's players were upset or annoyed by the DR's antics (which I didn't see anything wrong with) maybe next time they play to win instead of playing like its a normal spring training game and the aura f be the USA will automatically win them the game.
   3. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: March 17, 2013 at 01:01 AM (#4389718)
It's almost as if the game actually mattered to them. How bizarre.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 17, 2013 at 03:28 AM (#4389740)
Is it just me, or is this year's WBC descending into B*tchfest '13?
   5. RMc's Got a Lot of Trouble at Stake Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:38 AM (#4389752)
"It's not fair of you to be happy when you beat me" is my least favorite unwritten rule.

Right next to "If you do anything I don't like, I have the right to throw a hard, spherical object at your head at 95 mph."
   6. AJMcCringleberry Posted: March 17, 2013 at 08:55 AM (#4389759)
Is it just me, or is this year's WBC descending into B*tchfest '13?

Athletes are the biggest bunch of babies in the world. Even bigger than babies!
   7. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 17, 2013 at 08:56 AM (#4389760)
I think Twitter is a big part of this. It is too easy for people to comment and the medium doesn't allow for nuance.
   8. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: March 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM (#4389775)
I think Twitter is a big part of this. It is too easy for people to comment and the medium doesn't allow for nuance.


Hey, 116 characters! Well done.
   9. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: March 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM (#4389780)
Twitter...doesn't allow for nuance.

You are speaking on behalf of the unwashed, illiterate masses of course.

At least we now have conclusive proof that Facebook provides near-instant posting opportunities to BTF.
   10. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM (#4389793)
The actual article itself doesn't really show a strong reaction to the Dominican celebration, they just say that it was kind of over the top. I agree that the unwritten rule of not showing up your opponent is dumb, but in this case the players quoted aren't really complaining as saying "we probably wouldn't have done some of those things." And frankly, I find it amusing that people who haven't watched the WBC games think that the players are treating this as an exhibition when pretty much every single close game has had players as or more fired up than I see them in the first game or two of playoff series.
   11. valuearbitrageur Posted: March 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM (#4389828)
Athletes are the biggest bunch of babies in the world. Even bigger than babies!


Crybabies petition Supreme Court demanding to be stopped referred to as "little baseball players".
   12. Darren Posted: March 17, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4389852)
At least Phillips comes off well here. I like the self awareness.
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: March 17, 2013 at 12:10 PM (#4389861)
At least Phillips comes off well here. I like the self awareness.


Phillips is pure awesomeness, that some people(many Cardinal fans) can't handle. The more often he speaks, the more I like him. He doesn't do the cliche crap, and at the same time is very aware of his own persona and how people view him.

   14. calhounite Posted: March 17, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4389998)
Here's the solution to the USA displaying its backside every 4 years.

Don't field a team. Or stipulate the US is ineligible for the trophy and is in it for exhibition purposes only - with the clear understanding that on field antics by the other team will not be tolerated.

This in another one of Selig's fiascos, with respect to the US involvement anyway. Has utterly no understanding of how competition and tools relates to excellence and vice-versa. Don't ask a world class violin player to play with a violin picked up out of the jump yard. Don't ask an Einstein to attend the first grade. The achievement ofexcellence is rarified air that cannot be messed with by throwing mediocrity at it.

After defeating a small country's one moderately good player in a Davis Cup match, Agassi was asked to play against a total unknown in another match. Refused. Rightly. This is not prima donna stuff. This is protecting and maintaining the achievement of excellence. Did tip his wing on his private jet on the way out of town. The crowd was pissed. But this is not about the crowd.

Nothing wrong with the US renting a jet, filling it with MLB players, and tipping its wing in the direction of the first game.
   15. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4390109)
Calhounite is an idiot.
   16. Greg K Posted: March 17, 2013 at 07:37 PM (#4390118)
Calhounite is an idiot.

I don't know, I think he's right.

Take the elimination game for example. It's clearly beneath Ryan Vogelsong's dignity to pitch to scrubs like Angel Pagan, Yadier Molina, Carlos Beltran, and Alex Rios. The Giants would never insult him by asking him to pitch to that calibre of hitter. The fact that he let such bums beat him just goes to prove that a major league pitcher will always play down to mediocrity when he is dishonourably forced to face it.

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