Yeah, I know the college hoops conference tournaments are going on. And some of the games have been pretty compelling. I’m definitely looking forward to the Big East, ACC, and Big Ten slugfests over the next four days.
The above photo from ESPN sums it up. For the Netherlands (sans Jair Jurrjens, Shairon Martis, and Andruw Jones) to beat the Dominican Republic once was surprising but understandable. Anything can happen in a one-off game. We have and will continue to see it in March Madness, and in knock-out soccer competitions like England’s FA Cup. Hereford United beating Newcastle United in 1972 comes to mind, and last year mighty Liverpool played Havant & Waterlooville, the latter being a fifth division team, though that game had a more predictable result (5-2 to Liverpool).
By the way, here’s video from that famous FA Cup shocker.
But two times in less than a week, against a team with several All-Stars (even without Albert Pujols and A-Rod) and way more MLB veterans? A team which was one of the favorites to win? Just incredible.
And completely deserved, because the Dutch pitched and fielded beautifully until the Dominican Republic broke through in the 11th with the help of a misplayed fly ball. But they picked themselves up off the mat in the bottom of the inning and scored the two runs needed to win. Between now and “One Shining Moment,” we might not see a bigger upset or Cinderella than the Netherlands national baseball team twice beating the Dominican Republic to reach the second round of the World Baseball Classic.