Odubel and Team Venezuela take on Team USA tonight in San Diego
I didn't think that I would be watching as much of the World Baseball Classic that I have. Getting up early in the morning to watch a few minutes from Japan and Seoul in the first round, I started to get a bug to watch more. As the Classic has rolled on, and games have shifted to both Japan and now Miami and San Diego, I can turn on the TV or watch on MLB.tv just about any time of the day. It's a baseball lover's paradise now.
The big teams have been the undefeated Japan and an unlikely team powerhouse in Israel, in fact as I am writing this Japan just broke a nasty 6 inning tie with Israel in a very important game against the two teams and then took a 3-0 lead.
How's Odubel Herrera and the Venezuela team doing in the tourney? Team Venezuela just held on to make it further into the tournament with a win over the unexpected strong team of Italy in Jalisco, Mexico. Call me a little naive, but I never heard of Jalisco before this tournament. Jalisco is the state in Mexico where the major city (and capital of Jalisco) of Guadalajara is. An interesting note that was made by the broadcast team was that there was a very scant crowd on hand for the Venezuela vs. Italy game.
With the win, Venezuela traveled from Jalisco to San Diego tonight to take on team USA so, if you haven't seen much of Odubel, you'll be able to see him tonight at 9 PM when these two teams square off in WBC near championship 2nd round action. The top two teams from the remaining brackets will square off for the semi-finals and then the championship in LA from March 20-22.
Odubel Herrera hasn't been doing too much on offense in the series so far, he is batting .100 in 10 ABs he has 1 hit. We'll be able to see him later at 9PM Eastern on MLB Network, by the way MLB Network has been free for the whole series so far on certain cable networks, so check it out, if you don't subscribe, it may be on for free for you.