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I won't get a chance to do line scores and summaries for USA/Canada, Puerto Rico/Panama or Italy/Venezuela tonight. If someone else wants to cover these, please do so. - --Mischa 21:48, 7 March 2009 (EST)

I won't get a chance to do a line score or summary for Italy/Canada or South Africa/Mexico. If someone else could tackle these... - --Mischa 22:23, 9 March 2009 (EDT)

With regards to the low numbers at the Italy/Canada game, unfortunately they're true. I was at the game, Skydome/Rogers Centre was dead... Crowd didn't come alive for Team Canada until the 7th, and by then it was too late. Canada brought Stubby Clapp out to play 2nd base near the end of the 9th inning (I think, not clear, went to bed late after the game :), and he got the loudest cheers of the bunch. Morneau got a few "MVP" cheers, but he didn't live up to hsi reputation... It was a sad game to watch. This after the 47,000+ that were there for USA/Canada. That game was like a playoff game, crowd was electric, on their feet the whole game.

Oh well, I got to see some guys from Serie A1 play, that was neat...--Oaktree_b 11:57, 10 March 2009 (EDT)

Glued to my computer for the last couple innings of the Dominican-Netherlands rematch. - --Mischa 21:22, 10 March 2009 (EDT)

They showed highlights of the Netherlands-Puerto Rico game, that looked amazing as well! Dominican made a few errors, but thoese Dutch are no slouches either! No wonder they're the best in Europe. I'd like to see more teams from Europe next time in the 2013 WBC. France has some pretty decent guys (Bert, Hanvi and most of the Rouen team) and to see some of them play the Netherlands, or Germany, or Italy, that would be exciting. --Oaktree_b 23:38, 11 March 2009 (EDT)

Germany has produced more minor leaguers than China. - --Mischa 10:25, 12 March 2009 (EDT)

As far as Germany vs. China - it has nothing to do with the on field talent. China is way bigger market for MLB to capture and sell to than Germany is. --Jeff 11:01, 12 March 2009 (EDT)

How about South Africa vs. Germany? South Africa vs. Brazil? - --Mischa 11:04, 12 March 2009 (EDT)

They're thinking global. Germany is covered by Netherlands and Italy (Europe). Brazil is covered by Venezuela and even Panama (S. America). South Africa is the representative from Africa. Its all about money really. MLB wants to get the game into as many markets as possible so that they can sell jerseys and caps all over the world, not just where there is talent. --Jeff 11:22, 12 March 2009 (EDT)

Only problems we had were : A- games here in Toronto started early, 5:00 or 6:30, so you didn't have much time to get off work and rush down to see them. B- you didn't really know when your team was playing, other than for the first two games. That probably explains why the attendance was so poor. The only people we really met were ones that had purchased the tickets to all six games, and even that is a pretty big commitment. That and the almost zero media coverage here in the city. I heard more about the Maple Leafs and the Raptors (who were loosing) than I did about Team Canada and the whole WBC! Toronto just isn't a baseball city....--Oaktree_b 22:11, 12 March 2009 (EDT)

There is a picture located at this game: 2009_World_Baseball_Classic#Pool_C with a caption that reads: "The Americans score three runners in the fifth". Since the US did not score three runs in the fifth of that game (assuming the line score is right) either the inning is wrong or the photo belongs with a different game. 10:00, 13 March 2009 (EDT)

Sorry. This game: 2009_World_Baseball_Classic#Pool_C_2. 10:03, 13 March 2009 (EDT)

The caption is probably wrong, I did indeed post that image for that game, as I haven't posted later ones when the Americans were playing yet. It might not be the fifth inning. If you can find the correct inning when they scored the three runners, please update it.--Oaktree_b 22:31, 13 March 2009 (EDT)

The FFBS has some pics I'd like to post here (they're all PD from their website) here [1] but I'm not sure which teams they are. The article talks about the Dominicans, the Dutch and the Puerto Ricans. Would those first two shots be of the Dutch/Dominicans? I thought the Dutch were in black unforms, but they appear to be in grey with orange caps. Can anyone confirm if that's their team? I didn't see those games, so I'm not sure if the Dutch also had a grey uniform, but I'm almost cetain it's them. I'll upload the pics when we can confirm which team it is. --Oaktree_b 23:49, 19 March 2009 (EDT)

The first picture is too unclear to be useful IMO. The second picture looks like the Dutch team celebrating to me. You can make out part of "Duursma" on one of the uniforms - --Mischa 09:17, 20 March 2009 (EDT)

Our third-longest page and our longest non-Clemente page. International tourneys dominate the list with six of the non-seven Clemente entries:

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  6. 2008 Olympics ‎[107,904 bytes]
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  8. ‎2009 World Baseball Classic (Rosters) ‎[89,112 bytes]
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  10. 2006 World Baseball Classic (Rosters) ‎[83,604 bytes]

- --Mischa 12:43, 23 March 2009 (EDT)

Anybody have any more picutres, or can you find some online to add to the article? Anybody in the US attend any of the last few games in LA or Miami? I went to Flickr a while ago, and they only had pictures of the Italian team warming up before hand...--Oaktree_b 21:18, 24 March 2009 (EDT)

Final observation for the WBC before the regular baseball season starts. I noticed the players had a sponsor patch on their sleeve which I found odd as MLB doesn't allow ads on the players uniforms... Also in Toronto, they were advertising and actually gave away a trip to Cuba during the games when the American team played! Found that a bit ironic as Americans aren't allowed to travel to Cuba, but humorous as we Canadians can travel there (seemed like they were trying to get under the American's skin, a sly jab if you will at the Americans when Cuba was also playing in the Classic)--Oaktree_b 22:46, 1 April 2009 (EDT)

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