World Baseball Classic Photos: Japan vs Cuba

Totally fried. Many thoughts on the WBC, most positive, but those will have to wait for some other day. Right now I’ll just say that I cannot wait until the next time this thing comes around; I haven’t had that much fun at a ballpark in a very long time.

Anyway, here they are: photos | slideshow


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  1. Looked like a fun time and a good game until the eighth or so. ESPN came to the game late due to a double OT in an NIT game, go figure. Goff, where are those seats? The pictures look great from there. I’ve sat closer to the field and wasn’t real happy with the view. Maybe I should move up a little higher. Reminds me of the View section at Jack Murphy, $5 and a coupla beers for a day game. Great deal.

  2. Section 300, row 19, seats 13 & 14. They’re cheap and good, my kind of combination. ;-)

  3. Minor aquisition by the Pads:
    The San Diego Padres today acquired right-handed pitcher Bobby Basham from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for catcher David Ross.

    Anyone know anything about this guy? A quick Googling reveals he was once a top prospect until the dreaded torn labrum. 88 Ks against 15 BBs in 100 innings of A and AA last year is a good sign.

  4. From 7/18/05 Reds notes in Baseball America:
    “Basham, 25, was the organization’s No. 2 prospect going into the 2003 season after he went 6-4,1.64 at low Class A Dayton in 2002. He struggled in ’03, going 5-10, 5.17 at Double-A Chattanooga. He missed all of last year after shoulder surgery.

    Basham, the Reds’ seventh-round pick in 2001, went 5-2, 3.75 in the first half at high Class A Sarasota this season, earning a promotion back to Chattanooga.

    “He’s throwing very well,” farm director Tim Naehring said. “He’s throwing strikes. His stuff is still coming around. We’d like to see the opponent batting average lower. But his arm feels good.”

    From a 11/30/05 Chat with BA’s JJ Cooper

    “Q: Jeff Brown from Chicago asks:
    I noticed that Bobby Basham pitched very well at the end of last season in Double AA for the Lookouts. Has he returned to form of a few years ago as a potential pitching prospect?

    A: J.J. Cooper: He hasn’t returned to the form he had before the injuries, but the Reds were encouraged, as he showed increasing arm strength while staying healthy. He was pitching at 87-88 mph for much of the season, well off of the low 90s he sat at before the labrum tear, and his slider isn’t the plus-plus pitch it was before. But by the end of the season, Basham was touching 92-93 mph again, and his slider showed improvement. It’s unlikely he’ll ever be the pitcher he would have been pre-injury, but the Reds have some hope that he’ll still be a useable major leaguer, as they expect him to show more improvement next season as he continues to build back his arm strength”

  5. I went to the game last night and while the experience overall was good, the game wasn’t. I think most of the blame for the game falls on Cuba. Obviously their glacial pace disrupted any rhythm to the game, both with the time between pitches and the numerous during innings pitching changes (the Tony LaRussa school of managing has spread! The horror!) Only the two run HR by Cuban was following an inning which didn’t take forever — it seemed like their stategy was to make the Japanese pitcher wait forever between innings. I also think the on field baseball behavior of the Cubans left a lot to be desired. They seemed to complain about almost all calls, especially Pestano (the catcher). Obviously that sort of behavior wouldn’t go over to well in a real MLB game. Not sure if their lack of on-field class is a product of the politics of this series or just the way the play or because they are always used to winning.

  6. What was up with someone from the Cuban team constantly throwing rice onto the field from their dugout during their half of the inning? I’m not aware of any Cuban/Carribean/Latin American baseball tradition that involves throwing rice for luck. Actually, the gesture struck my friends and me as pretty offensive, but we’re reserving judgement pending further research.

  7. Ranger31: Excellent question. They did the same thing in the semifinal on Saturday. Was that rice? I couldn’t figure out what it was from where we were seated. My one complaint with the Cuban style of baseball is, as Tom noted, the complete lack of urgency. Do six people really need to touch the baseball after a routine fly ball to center field with nobody on base?