Seriously, Mexico beat America. Little tiny Mexico, with their little antique ways and disappearing natural resources, home of Sammy Hagar's tequila factory and the hottest Spring Break spot this side of Tucson, kicked those high-paid, hair salon-frequenting gringo asses!
Mexico won the old-fashioned way, using their technical brilliance: by figuring out how to make Vernon Wells ground into double-plays. El Rocket was bien, and he sure made California Jr. work hard for their runs [the umps made them work even harder - that shot by Valenzuela down the right field line was a goddamn home run, end of story], but when he reached that pitch count.... dios mio, man. USA South took advantage -- Jorge Cantu bringing home the puerco with those RBIs. And now, Mexico get nothing in reward, except a fresh dose of national pride, and the ability to enjoy sweet revenge. This one's for San Jacinto, motherfuckers!
What's that Bud? That's the sound of a successful tournament. After I harped on that last week, some bigshot Anderson at the New York Times [I'd post the article if it wasn't sequestered behind "Times Select", aka "Pay a monthly fee to read op-ed pieces"] echoed those sentiments in his erudite fashion on Thursday. And now, the two Asian powers get to battle for the rights to face either the Dominican Republic or Cuba in the championship game.
Already, irony is knocking at the door, as we might well see two countries with which the US has less-than-stellar relations square off on American soil to win an American-created trophy in a sport devised and popularized by the United States. While it's not entirely crazy [given that England can't win the World Cup more than once when we made that fucken game], it's still funny.
[Note: How much do you wanna bet that A-Rod is wishing he decided to play for the Dominican Republic instead? I bet my friend 5 fake dollars that A-Rod would hit into that game-ending, WBC-ending double play. Because come on, let's face it, A-Rod going 0-3 in a game that counts, wouldn't that have been THE perfect ending?]