Thursday, March 09, 2006

How come we never get players like this?

Oh wait... that's right. We do have players like this. Lead off, Alfonso Soriano, followed by Miguel Tejada, Pujols, Ortiz, Alou and Beltre. I mean, that's a line-up. I'm not sure the US team could beat this lineup, even with their pitching staff. Just imagine if the batting order for the Dominican Republic held Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez (Both players opted out).

BTW, in case you missed it, Ortiz and Beltre both homered twice leading the Dominican team won 11-5 over Venezuela. Ortiz finished with 3 RBI.

And, of course, there's Jason Varitek with his grand slam in a losing effort against Canada. Canada beat the US with a team of AAA players? How could they win? Adam Stern who plays for Canada, and is a backup outfielder for the Red Sox, that's how. Adam hit an inside-the-park homer and drove in four runs.


Stern tripled in a run in the second and singled in two more in the third. Then leading off the fifth, his opposite-field fly ball skidded off the base of the bullpen fence past left fielder Matt Holliday.

As Holliday pulled up lame, Stern raced around the bases for an inside-the-park homer to put Canada up 8-0. After being examined by the trainers, Holliday stayed in the game.

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