... and how everything can be decided with the swing of a bat.
If Korea beat Japan and Mexico beat USA there'll be a triple tie. I'm too lazy to work out RA between head to head teams but since there's a chance I'm rooting for Korea on the next game (does that team ever allow a groundball to pass the infield?).
And fbaezer, I meant faceoffs like López-Cantú, but Loaiza-Padres is a special one, I'd be happiest if the Padres won 1-0. But I wasn't rooting for Peavy against Japan.
I remember about 6 or 7 years ago, when I still played baseball, our team met "El Cañón" Osuna and he told us about a special duel he had with Vinicio, I think they hated each other professionaly. He said he threw at least one fastball in the upper strike zone everytime they met, only pride was at stake, a homer or a strikeout against each other made their day.
I made the numbers yesterday, and we're out.
Our only hypothetical chance is if Korea beats Japan and we defeat the USA 3-0 in a 12 inning game (or 4-1 in a 15 inning game). If we are the receiving team tomorrow, there would have to be a homer with two men on base, leaving team USA on the field.
Of course, that would be even better than winning the tournament.
Mexico's team played upon expectations. Good pitching and fielding, lousy batting. Remember, Mario Mendoza, of the "Mendoza Line" fame, is Mexican.
So you met Osuna, eh? Lemme brag.
I once (june 18 1999) threw the opening ball on a Diablos-Cordoba game. According to me, it was a fastball on the strike zone. Mario "El Negro" Ojeda was the catcher, and while giving me the ball he said: "Hey, that was a very nice little change up".
I won't brag about the times I was embarassingly struck out by old glories Mario "Toche" Peláez and Luis "Tite" Arroyo while playing in an amateur league in Culiacán.