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sticky: liveblog schedule
Oh, I know what you’re saying. RotT, stop with the World Baseball Classic stuff already, I do not even care, why do you not tell us about Rick Porcello’s fingernail and suchlike? Maybe you would rather talk about Jeremy Bonderman’s debatable live/dead/zombie status, or how gross Justin Verlander looks in a green hat. Maybe you would rather hear about how Joel Zumaya’s general health has become an ivory-billed woodpecker: magnificent when present, but currently elusive, existing only in rumors and hearsay, functionally extinct.
TOO BAD! Both Team USA and Team Venezuela have made it to the WBC semifinals, which means that all the Tigers who matter are still playing. Other teams are getting their Dominican and Puerto Rican and Canadian and Mexican players back to their Spring Training camps, but not the Tigers, ooooohhh no.
You think Armando Galarraga minds? Hell no. He doesn’t want to catch whatever strain of uncontrollable twitching awfuls Dontrelle has.
If you have been following the liveblogs here and at BCRS, you know that the WBC games have by and large been AWESOME, in one way or another, and that the final four teams are really something about which a baseball fan can get unduly excited.
Japan: crazy insanely good pitching staff!!
USA: Curtis Granderson!!
Possibly the greatest final four in the history of all tournaments. I am so psyched that it has become difficult to blog, because I keep balling my hands up into little fists so that I can shake them around excitedly.
Semifinal game 1, Korea/Venezuela, will be at 9pm on ESPN, Saturday. No liveblog, sadly. Semifinal game 2, USA/Japan, will be at 8pm on ESPN, Sunday. Yes liveblog! The final will be 9pm on ESPN, Monday, and there will be a liveblog right here at RotT for it. It is of course possible that all the Tigers will have been knocked out by then, but the liveblog will be here regardless.
And then we will be able to get back to discussions of Marcus Thames’ oblique or whatever. Until then: WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC. FEEL THE INTERNATIONAL MAGNIFICENCE.