And now, let’s relax with some fine Cuban baseball players….

March 9, 2009

Cuba won their first game in Pool B of the World Baseball Classic against South Africa by a score of 8-1.  Unless you are a dedicated fan of international baseball, most of the names on the Cuban squad are likely unknown, as players who leave Cuba have to do so by defecting.

Yuliesky Gourriel was one of the offensive stars for Cuba in the win, hitting a solo home run.  He sure looks like he is having fun playing baseball.

Starting pitcher Norge Luis Vera carried a no hitter through five innings, and finished his six inning stint allowing two hits and recording 6 strikeouts.

Left fielder Frederich Cepeda supplied a large part of the offense for Cuba, homering in his first two at bats of the game.

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Everyone’s Favorite: Team Canada!!

March 9, 2009

Forgive the homerism for a minute.  Here’s some cards for my home country in the Goose Joak World Baseball Classic set.  They lost a tough one to the US, but I like their chances against Italy, and then anything can happen when you get into a one game takes it situation.

Jason Bay batting.

Justin Morneau stretching.

Starting pitcher Mike Johnson, pitching.

Joey Votto on his home run trot.

Pete Orr trying to turn two.

And the man with the best name in baseball, Stubby Clapp shaking hands with Tommy Lasorda during the pre-game festivities.