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Thursday, March 05, 2009
Today Jimmy Rollins and Team USA will be playing against the Phillies as the World Baseball Classic team USA will play the Fightin's in exhibition baseball at Clearwater, Florida. The two teams will meet at 12:05 at Brighthouse Field in a tune up for the USA team that will face Canada in the first 'round' of the World Baseball Classic on March 7, 2009 in the Rogers Center, Toronto Canada. The Classic is something I didn't think I would be too interested in, but it has grabbed my attention of late. The Classic starts at all corners of the globe: The Asian teams will play in Tokyo, a strange grouping of teams will play in Mexico City, others will play at the Rogers Center, Toronto, and still more will play in Puerto Rico. These are the venues for Round One, the teams that advance will move exclusively to the US for the second round. Venues for the second round will be San Diego's Petco Park, Miami, Florida's Dolphin Stadium, and the finals will be in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium.
How can you not like the USA team? Names like Jeter, Chipper Jones, Pedroia, Rollins, Wright, Youkilis, Victorino, McCann, and Granderson. They will be taking on the mighty Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon and you can listen to it live over the web, but you need a subscription to MLB radio for $14.95 - but that will get you audio for the whole season as well. You can also watch games live, just go to www.worldbaseballclassic.com and sign up for the $19.99 plan for the over the internet live broadcast plan for the games of the WBC for the regular games schedule of the WBC (not including the game for exhibition with the Phillies). ESPN, ESPN2, and the MLB Network will be televising games on tv as well.
The Phillies whipped up on Team Canada on Wednesday, 9-2. The Phils displayed some awesome offense in how the Phillies won a lot of the playoff games last year, with the home run! Raul Ibanez doubled with the bases loaded, I can't wait to see him play in the regular season, and I hope he saves some of this for the regular season!