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“The United States, we’ve got to win it,” Lasorda said. “The Japanese have won it the last two times. We cannot allow that. We must win it. We’ve got the greatest baseball players in the world right here in the United States, and we should never let anybody beat us in baseball.
“Let’s hope the games will be played well, but let’s hope the United States will come out victorious in this one. It’s due. Just like the Dodgers are due. Twenty-five years since the Dodgers were in the World Series. That’s not right. Year after year, the Dodgers performed in many, many World Series.
“I think all of our people in this country should pull for the United States,” he added.
...Lasorda said the removal of baseball and softball from the Olympic program “was a terrible, terrible mistake.” Those two diamond sports are among many events that will be considered for the 2020 Summer Games, but it will be a long and uphill battle to convince the International Olympic Committee to bring either of them back.
“The Commissioner saw what happened, he said let’s have it every few years within ourselves,” Lasorda said. “So this World Baseball Classic is growing each time, and since its infancy, more countries are playing baseball now than ever played before.
“[The lighting ceremony] tells you about our country, and other countries that are up here today. ... This is great. It’s great for baseball. It’s great for the country. Because America’s the greatest country in the world, for me, and people come from all over to live in this country. They all want to live here, because America’s the greatest. So we’ve got to pull for our American team in this tournament. We’ve got to get them to win.”