Dominican Republic Crowned World Baseball Classic Champions
The flamboyant team who hails from the Dominican Republic captured their first World Baseball Classic championship with class and swagger knocking off Team Puerto Rico 3-0, in a close knit affair Tuesday evening. The champions were backed by solid pitching and timely hitting throughout the entire tourney, never experiencing defeat in the classic posting an 8-0 record.
The Dominican Republic was led by perennial All-Star Robinson Cano who set a tournament record with his .469 batting average pacing his country to victory. Cano was selected as the tourneys Most Valuable Player for his efforts.
The entire bullpen could have also won the award as they were lights out the entire tourney shutting the door repeatedly. Tamp Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney collected 7 saves pitching in all 8 contests surrendering only 1 hit.
Puerto Rico were in tough having already lost to the Dominican Republic on two occasions in the Classic but upset the two-time reigning champs in Team Japan to earn the right to battle the Dominican Republic.
The players and fans were animated and raucous the entire World Baseball Classic unlike anything North American athletes are accustomed to seeing. The classy move of the game came from catcher Yadier Molina who summoned his Puerto Rico team onto the field to congratulate the world champions. Both teams mingled amongst one another in a scene not commonly witnessed on a baseball diamond.
New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano summed up what the tourney means to his country and the players representing them when quoted as saying “Tonight we’re going to celebrate. Tomorrow we’re going to celebrate. And Thursday we’ll go back to spring training.”
Cano and company should party for good reason as they dominated an International baseball tournament and have been crowned the world baseball champions; a prestigious title they will carry for the next 4 years.
Congratulations to the Dominican Republic Team on being crowned the 2013 World Baseball Classic Champions.