Friday, March 20, 2009
Japan beats Korea 6-2
I was hoping Japan would lose so I could use the headline, "It sucks to be Yu," but my hubris got in the way and Korea went down to defeat, 6-2, to determine the winner of Pool 1 in the World Baseball Classic (WBC). The Los Angeles Times called it a "sloppy victory" that came close to a "meaningless game" that neither side really cared about because it was only about seeding for the finals. (Stats here at the MLB site.)
So now Korea will play Pool 2 winners Venezuela on Saturday at 6 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) which is 10 a.m. on Sunday, Seoul time. Japan will play the United States in front of a home crowd that is hardly aware that this baseball tournament is actually going on. If both Japan and South Korea do well, they will meet again during the finals; it seems the two national teams went all the way across the Pacific just to meet their next-door neighbor.
And speaking of seeding, the Los Angeles Times ran this photo of the then-victorious Korean team trying to plant a flag.
[above: When I have time, I'm going to photoshop this picture so it looks like they're doing something nasty to each other.]
It was part of this story on the Japan-Korea rivalry, which the Los Angeles Times described as being less like the Red Sox and the Yankees and more like the Russian and US hockey teams.