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Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
I went and watched a couple of the qualifier games in Brooklyn last year and it was pretty great. I think Israel actually has a decent team and are in probably the weakest Pool, so maybe we'll get to see some :jewish: ball past the first round? (Realistic me thinks Korea wipes the floor with everybody in A.)

Team USA's rotation is a huge liability, but yeah, the roster is pretty good overall.

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Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Just woke up and there's live baseball to watch, that's cool.

Guess I'm wearing my Team Israel hat today.

EDIT: Ike Davis first to third on a single :stare:

Inspector_666 fucked around with this message at 13:35 on Mar 6, 2017

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Zeid strikes out Lee with his 49th pitch of the game. The count limits sure add some drama.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
So MLBN shows the Taiwan pitcher's stats from the NPB and he has an 8.4something ERA. Then they call him the staff ace. :stonk:

R.D. Mangles posted:

team israel's mascot is the "mensch on the bench"


R.D. Mangles posted:

lol what the gently caress is this insne techno klezmer music

:jewish: METER IS PEGGED.

I just ordered myself one of these.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
I was really hoping that Chien-Ming Wang was gonna be Taiwan's starter tonight :(

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

R.D. Mangles posted:

borenstein wearing the talismanic #18

You might say he's the life of the team.

Or his hopes for the team are חַי

EDIT: Haha, Lavarnway wearing 36! They should have made the whole team wear multiples.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Good news for Taiwan is that Team Israel's pitchers are not exactly a bunch of high-control guys.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

New Concept Hole posted:

I don't remember Taipei having hitters in the previous WBC. Maybe a hitter, but that's it.

Also apparently Baker can throw strikes so what do I know.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
https://twitter.com/JATayler/status/838961939036450816

Team Israel needs to make this a thing they actually do, immediately.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

Joey Freshwater posted:

I really wanna see Israel win it all

There's no way they can stand up to real pitching, but getting out of the pool would be pretty cool.

Looks like I might have to wear my hat again tomorrow.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

LonesomeCrowdedWest posted:

Is there any reason why I should be blacked out from watching Israel vs Chinese Tai Pei? I live in Canada..

Apparently the international blackout rules are completely ridiculous and nonsensical.

R.D. Mangles posted:

if krieger had just caught the liner and not thrown it to second to double the guy off, it would have been enough for us

Dayenu!

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
I love that at least two guys on Team Israel have conspicuous tattoos.

LonesomeCrowdedWest posted:

drat. Anyone have a link to these rules? Has there been any change to regular season blackout rules? Will the Jays still be able to be watched from Canada? If not I just wasted a bunch of money on mlbtv! I guess I could get a vpn again but they're cracking down on that apparently

I meant just for the WBC, I don't think the regular season stuff is any different.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair


EDIT: Daamn this Orlan guy has gas and a cool arm angle.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
lol pitchers can't throw to bases

EDIT: E4? Rude.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Oh man I totally thought Lin got that out of there.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

R.D. Mangles posted:

i'm so glad i'm not the only weirdo degenerate watching this game

I am very much into this right now.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
:siren: Ike Davis stand up triple :siren:

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Here's Lin, who hit that 2-run double for Taiwan/captain of the team laying out an ump:

https://twitter.com/GOCPBL/status/838987488735567872

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Base clearing bunt :vince:

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
For those of you suffering the blackout:

https://twitter.com/AviMiIIer/status/838988780677779456

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

R.D. Mangles posted:

lol cody decker is the guy who convinced francouer that their teammate was deaf

Decker is hilarious and wonderful.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Hey does Manischewitz make champagne?

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

will_colorado posted:

if Israel scores another run here, does the Chinese Taipei team get mercy ruled?

Nope, that rule applies at the end of the inning, so at this point it wouldn't matter.

I'm ready for the game to be over so I can go to bed now though.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

Popete posted:

Why am I still up watching this? I have severe baseball cabin fever.

Going to sleep at this point is how mythical comebacks happen!

EDIT: I am going to actually get into bed and watch the bottom of the inning on my phone though.

Inspector_666 fucked around with this message at 06:43 on Mar 7, 2017

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

R.D. Mangles posted:

i can't believe i'm going to be a zombie tomorrow because i watched this stupid game

worth it

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
This is a pretty fun article about Team Israel, but I'm mainly posting it because this header image of the team removing their hats and putting on yarmulkes for the national anthem is making me feel a thing.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

Sydin posted:

Does anybody know if the Taiwanese aren't putting their best foot forward in terms of WBC players similar to the USA, or their league is just very slugger heavy, or something? It seemed like every pitcher they put out there was listed as having a 5+ ERA in the Taiwan baseball league.

There is apparently some kind of labor dispute that stopped Taiwan from sending their best players. I haven't seen details about it though.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Man, Cespedes looks exactly like Cespedes.



(:v:)

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

Sydin posted:

Didn't Cuba just play a game against Japan? Feels like this isn't enough time to be fair, idk.

Israel did just fine with the same scheduling :colbert:

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Oh my, what a Jeterian play by the Chinese SS there.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
When baseball gets its Yao Ming, the Chinese development program is gonna blow up like nobody's business.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
A Cuban made use of the most Japanese swing I have ever seen last night: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/21753540/v1232829683

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

R.D. Mangles posted:

why isn't there a radar gun, i need to know how fast marquis is hummin' 'em in there

There is a gun in the dome, and they're showing the speeds on the scoreboard. For some reason MLBN isn't putting it in the graphics.

Inspector_666 fucked around with this message at 03:52 on Mar 9, 2017

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

Sydin posted:

Give it time on the pace they're at team Israel will be in LA for the final rounds before you know it.

poo poo dude, if they were playing in the Miami pool they might have guys like Joc, Kinsler, Pillar, Valencia, etc.

EDIT: Were Israel even the favorite in their qualifier pool? They were up against real weak teams but I feel like Brazil was probably it?

EDIT2: Jerry Weinstein looks like he should always have a pastrami sandwich in front of him.

Inspector_666 fucked around with this message at 04:21 on Mar 9, 2017

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair

will_colorado posted:

Brazil, Great Britain, and Pakistan were the other teams in their qualifying round.

Oh I know, I went to the Israel v GB game.

will_colorado posted:

Jerry is the manager for the Rockies AA team in Hartford. Hope he can get good a pastrami on rye there.

I assume there's at least a couple decent delis there, and worst case he can hop on Metro North into the city.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Oooh almost a beauty of a :bunt:

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
TOOTBLAG

Thrown Out On The Basepaths Like A Goy.

Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Current LHP for Israel, Alex Katz, is a White Sox prospect and he's throwing 92 right now.

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Inspector_666
Oct 7, 2003

benny with the good hair
Wooowwww what a double play.

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