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Team USA rides late home runs past Venezuela | MLB.com

Sounds like a fun game to watch.

Late-inning heroics from Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer vaulted the United States past Venezuela, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Petco Park in yet another World Baseball Classic thriller.

The U.S. bats were quiet throughout much of the night until Jones brought a much-needed spark with a game-tying leadoff homer in the eighth. Hosmer followed three batters later with a two-run blast that ultimately handed the U.S. a win in its second-round opener.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: usa, venezuela, wbc

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:14 AM (#5418183)
Hosmer is clutch! That home run was worth $200 million!
   2. Random Transaction Generator Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:31 AM (#5418188)
Drew Smyly's stock just went up a ton with that outing. 8K in 4.2 innings, and striking out the last 6 batters he faced.
   3. zonk Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:48 AM (#5418195)
Yeah - Smyly looked awful good against a really good lineup. The only run he allowed was basically due to a throwing error of his own on a pretty good sac bunt.

In the broader MLB context - I think it was also good news if you want King Felix to get back to being King Felix - he also looked very sharp.

Echoing what folks had said in other threads about WBC generally, it was a fun game and the players certainly seemed into it. Pity the crowd looked miniscule, but they were likewise much louder than their numbers. I know in practical terms, it was a spring training/exhibition game - but yeesh, people. This was essentially an all-star game. Both squads, of course, had the isolated "one of these guys is not like the others" - but yeesh... star-studded lineup on both sides that you're simply not going to see play each other outside of the midsummer game.

Petco looked like it was maybe 1/5 full, if that. No idea what tickets were going for, but how there weren't enough baseball fans to at least fill the park half-way is beyond me.
   4. vortex of dissipation Posted: March 16, 2017 at 01:26 PM (#5418331)
Echoing what folks had said in other threads about WBC generally, it was a fun game and the players certainly seemed into it. Pity the crowd looked miniscule, but they were likewise much louder than their numbers. I know in practical terms, it was a spring training/exhibition game - but yeesh, people. This was essentially an all-star game. Both squads, of course, had the isolated "one of these guys is not like the others" - but yeesh... star-studded lineup on both sides that you're simply not going to see play each other outside of the midsummer game.

Petco looked like it was maybe 1/5 full, if that. No idea what tickets were going for, but how there weren't enough baseball fans to at least fill the park half-way is beyond me.


Compare that with the games on the other side of the bracket in Tokyo with 45,000 fans singing, chanting, and yelling their heads off for the Japanese team.
   5. Khrushin it bro Posted: March 16, 2017 at 02:27 PM (#5418391)
One of the guys on my softball team is going to the game today. He said tickets were under $50 ($35 I think?) and he got great seats. He might go on Friday to the US game which is also cheap and easy to get good seats.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: March 16, 2017 at 08:55 PM (#5418635)
Petco looked like it was maybe 1/5 full, if that


For something like this I just don't get why they don't look at the pre-sales, realise they are going to be very low and give like 10,000(cheap seats mostly) tickets to the San Diego unified school district. I reckon heaps of kids would be taken if it was free. They still eat hot dogs and buy stuff when they are there.
   7. cardsfanboy Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:26 PM (#5418652)

For something like this I just don't get why they don't look at the pre-sales, realise they are going to be very low and give like 10,000(cheap seats mostly) tickets to the San Diego unified school district. I reckon heaps of kids would be taken if it was free. They still eat hot dogs and buy stuff when they are there.


Agree, the worst thing a promotion could do is have video of a half or more empty stadium, it doesn't matter how they get there, they will spend money, and it makes things look good. Sure if it happens too often, and a savvy person who is a fan of the promo, could say "well I'll just wait until the free or ultra cheap tickets come around...." but for the most part, a once in a four year event isn't really going to get many people to think that way.
   8. eddieot Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:32 AM (#5418794)
Good point cardsfanboy and Hugh Jorgan (heh). MLB cultivating school-aged kids is a no-brainer, and they make noise (I have an 11 and 13 year old, the volume level can be overwhelming, just what the WBC needs.)
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM (#5418810)
I reckon heaps of kids would be taken if it was free.

Well, from the looks of the stadium, they could each have their own seat rather than having to be piled into heaps. So, even better.
   10. Styles P. Deadball Posted: March 17, 2017 at 11:34 AM (#5418834)
For something like this I just don't get why they don't look at the pre-sales, realise they are going to be very low and give like 10,000(cheap seats mostly) tickets to the San Diego unified school district. I reckon heaps of kids would be taken if it was free. They still eat hot dogs and buy stuff when they are there.


The bowl games in San Diego also make a big point of suggesting to people to buy tickets and donate them to the military. If they're giving away free tickets, I'm sure there are a few thousand sailors and marines that would appreciate the night out. When NIU played Navy in football back in 2008, they brought a bunch of navy recruits in basic training at Great lakes Naval Base to the game and those guys cheered like crazy and bought all the food on the west side of the stadium. They had nothing better to spend their back pay on.
   11. zonk Posted: March 17, 2017 at 11:40 AM (#5418837)
I absolutely agree with CFB and Hugh...

It was at times almost painful to watch the game as it was pretty clearly evident that the camera shots were taking great pains to avoid any wide angle shots showing the cavernously empty stadium. I mean, in one respect - it made for a lot more closeups, I suppose...
   12. Renegade (((JE))) Posted: March 17, 2017 at 11:48 AM (#5418850)
Compare that with the games on the other side of the bracket in Tokyo with 45,000 fans singing, chanting, and yelling their heads off for the Japanese team.
Hang on a sec, those games in Tokyo with overflowing crowds took place *only* when the Japanese team played. Compare with Netherlands vs. Israel, when there couldn't have been more than 800-1,000 spectators.
   13. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 17, 2017 at 11:56 AM (#5418857)
Hell, compare with the Italy vs Venezuela play-in game in Jalisco. Would have been SRO if Mexico was playing, but as it was, the gorilla pretty much had the bleachers to himself.

EDIT: OTOH, in this case the USA was playing in San Diego, so there's that...

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