It was a neat idea....but it keeps getting dumber by the minute.
First off, the hype behind this thing is overblown. For about a year now I've heard about this tournament....yet I have no idea when it is, where it is or why we are even having it??? [Oh, it is in March...in Phoenix/Orlando/Tokyo/San Juan...and, well, to see how many teams are better than us].
We've had Cuba banned from being in it....then allowed back in to play. Guys are dropping off of teams like flies as the even comes closer. And my favorite - players who great-great-great grand pappy's ex-wives former stepchild's niece took a dump on one of those island nations....so they are eligible to be on their team. Huh??
And the event is nicely set up so that the USA, Domitican Republic, Japan and Cuba are all in seperate pools and should meet somewhere in the semifinals.
Here is your Team USA:
Starters (4): Roger Clemens, Jake Peavy, CC Sabathia and Dontrelle Willis.
Relievers (10): Chad Cordero, Brian Fuentes, Todd Jones, Brad Lidge, Joe Nathan, Scot Shields, Huston Street, Mike Timlin, Billy Wagner and Dan Wheeler.
Catchers (3): Michael Barrett, Brian Schneider and Jason Varitek.
Infielders (7): Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Derek Lee, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Chase Utley and Michael Young.
Outfielders (6): Johnny Damon, Jeff Francoeur, Ken Griffey, Matt Holliday, Vernon Wells and Randy Winn.