THE MOMENT IS UPON US!! The game we have all been waiting for!! (or just me, you know, whatever)
THE FINAL OF THE 2009 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC!
Japan/Korea! Pool A REMATCH OF DOOM! The Rivalry! Will Korea get to plant another pitching mound flag? Will Japan get to reclaim the WBC trophy? Will we happily watch this game, secure in the knowledge that no Tigers can get hurt while it is being played? A hearty YES to that last one!
9 pm, ESPN, excited screaming and excessive use of caps lock! Click the link to open the liveblog in a new window at that time, or afterwards if you want to see the transcript!
postscript: things we learned from this game:
–never underestimate Jon Miller’s ability to screw up player names
–Yong-Kyu Lee is secretly a hockey player; can run into another player, shatter his helmet, and keep playing
–Bud Selig should not be allowed to talk during live broadcasts
–Hisashi Iwakuma is a pitching beast of beastly awesomeness
–“all Asian final!!” BUT HOW CAN WE BE SURE UNLESS JON MILLER TELLS US 100 TIMES?!!?
–Dae Ho Lee, not only the Korean Adam Dunn, also A Huge Human Being
–‘extension’ is the non-American way of saying of ‘extra innings’
Many thanks to everyone who joined me for this one: all the folks who have been showing up since those first 4:30 am liveblogs, all the folks who chimed in along the way, and all the new cats who somehow or other stumbled into this terrifying little slice of internet for tonight’s game.
We World Baseball Classic’d together, and it was beautiful.
Team Japan, your 2009 World Baseball Classic champions.