March 7th: What a Game!!!

I’m just back from the WBC game where Team Canada lost to the United States 6-5 in a nail-biter that came down to the last two batters.  Those batters, most disappointingly, were arguably the best hitters on the team, Justin Morneau and Jason Bay, and they could not come through with the big hit when Canada needed!

Regardless, it was an amazing game to be at, the Rogers Centre was electric being filled almost to capacity and there were many Canadian players that shined in key moments!  The Toronto native, Joey Votto, crushed the ball for Team Canada going 4-for-5 with two RBIs before a lively crowd of 42,314. 

One of the highlights for Team Canada, at least one that stood out for me, was young Seattle Mariner prospect Phillipe Aumont.  Aumont worked a valiant inning where he saw himself in a bases loaded jam, and managed to get out it – striking out two.  I started to feel really bad for the young guy when he got in the jam.  Amazingly, he came back and got out some of the best hitters in baseball.  This was certainly an extreme positive for Aumont.  It will do great things for his pitching confidence going forward.  For that reason, the Mariners should be glad that their young pitcher is taking part in the WBC – except he is limited to pitching only one inning for Team Canada as a mandate from the Mariners organization.  Don’t they want him to be gaining that kind of experience???  They should be.  I don’t get owners sometimes.,  

Great game!  Awesome atomosphere!  I haven’t seen the dome like that ever I think!  As promised, here are some pictures from my adventure.

 

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An outstanding showing of people for the game!!  The upper deck is hardly ever filled like that! 

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Team Canada ledgend and one of the greatest names in baseball, Stubby Clapp, is represented in this sign by some guys sitting near me.  He actually never got into game, so they must have been disappointed. 

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Here I am with my cool WBC program.  See my Canadian pride – even my eyes are red.  They also handed out some pretty sweet Topps baseball cards after the game.  I’m thinking they need to be Photoshoped, just like my eyes in this pic!!   

13 comments

  1. juliasrants

    I watched the game on TV! Rogers Center seemed to be hopping! Okay – I would have liked Jason Bay to be the hero at the end BUT I really wanted Team USA to win! Ugh..the inner turmoil! Hey – like the new pic on your blog!

    Julia
    http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

  2. jimmy27nyy

    Hey, Jeremy …

    It’s good to hear that you attended the Team Canada/Team USA game … I’m sure you had a great time, ’cause this was a fun and exciting game to watch on TV !!! … Five total homeruns in the game, by: Youkilis; Dunn; McCann [Team USA]; and, Martin; and Votto [Team Canada] … and, Derek Jeter had two hits !!! … Also, Team USA could have scored even more runs, but left the bases loaded in the 7th and 8th innings !!! … Really, a very exciting game to watch !!! … And, one of many exciting WBC games on TV today — Japan 14, Korea 2; [I don’t like the “so-called” Mercy Rule that ended the game after 7 innings … A baseball game should be played to the end — 9 innings, with the winning team recording 27 outs in the victory] … An upset by the Netherlands [with Sidney Ponson on the mound] over the Dominican Republic, 3-2 .. And, the 6-5 victory by Team USA over Team Canada !!! … Watching these games today has made me think much differently about the WBC — I’m really into this series now, and look forward to tomorrow night’s USA game, and watching the Japanese and Cuban teams play in the upcoming week !!! .. I’m happy you had a great time at the game, Jeremy!!!
    — Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”
    http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

  3. crazy19canuck

    I’m still jealous that you made it to the game! At least I got to watch it on TV. It was awesome!
    Canuck

  4. welikeroywelikeroy

    Jimmy,
    Ya, Canada had some great pitching performances to get them out of the 8th and 7th. When you have a team with 7 batters that hit over .300, and the other two (Braun and Dunn) that hit near 40 homeruns every year, they are going to be hard to stop! The Venezula game tonight should be interesting, seeing how Venezsula has some better pitching and very good lineup actually. I hate the ‘Overrated’ chants for Jeter whenever he comes to the plate. He is not overrated. He sure silenced the crowd with that double in the first.

    Julia,
    I thought I would put a pic on with me wearing a Canada jersey, since that is the team I’m primarily focusing on right now. I don’t like that I’m making an angry face in the pic, and my bed is unmade (it usually is). Anyway, in the background is (above my head) is a framed photo of the 92-93 Champion Jays. Getting out of bed, I hit the frame just like the Notre Dame or Yankee tradition.

    Canuck,
    Great the game was on TV. I think it took some convincing to get it on there, but it was there. Probably the best WBC game so far.

  5. welikeroywelikeroy

    Julia,
    Anyway. Talk about conflict with Jason Bay. Think how weird it would have been for me if Halladay had started that game for the USA. He was close to doing it.

  6. happyyoungster

    Great pics…and an even greater game. Glad to hear you were able to attend. I’m with you-I’ve got an eye on that Aumont kid. I was watching him a week or so ago and he looked electric. A bit of control issues but that hammer is sick! The Brewers have a young star on Team Canada-Brett Lawrie. Keep an eye on him…people will know him in a few years.
    BTW, I’ll shoot you an e-mail regarding my Toronto road trip. I’m looking forward to meeting you.

    http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

  7. welikeroywelikeroy

    Happy,
    I forget what position he plays, but that Lawrie looked very good in the spring training game I saw with Canada versus the Blue Jays. I would have rather he was playing left field for Canada.

    Tom,
    I probably should have painted my face or something. Its an idea for the Wednesday game, although Canada won’t be playing in that game.

    Rockpile,
    I wish I had gotten there for BP. The City of Toronto was also celebrating its 175th anniversary that day. Traffic getting to the game was immense, not to mention it rained all day. After the game, my brother is a smoker and the Rogers Centre is a non-smoking facility, so I had to leave for him pretty quick. They don’t even have a smoking balcony or area. I’m hoping to get better pictures on Wednesday.

    Erin,
    Ya, Morneau played a lot better in the Italy game however. J.J. Putz is good pitcher. He was ‘in tough’ anyway.

    Canuck,
    This was a very disappointing tournament for Canada. We come so close to knocking off the U.S., then ‘lay an egg’ against Italy. I don’t understand it. Anyway, it was a great tournament to be a part of and watch. You have to give it to Italy. They had a gameplan putting in two lefties to start the game against a prodominantly lefthanded Canadian lineup. That Serafini guy pitched tough. Plus Frank Cattalanotto was one of my favorites when he played here.

    Kaybee,
    I did get to see Jake Peavy. He had a bit of a rough outing. The Canadian starter, Mike Johnson, matched him that day. Apparently, the way to beat Canada is with a talented lefthanded starter.

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