A Mythical WBC Team That Could Never, Ever Lose
Fired up for the World Baseball Classic after last night's televised roster rollout? Me neither. As I've said before, the success of this thing -- at least in the U.S. market -- will depend solely on the star power of the players involved, and this year that star power has been submarined by injuries (real and imagined) and general indifference.
In fact, just for fun, let's build a roster -- we'll call our country East Apathy -- made entirely of non-WBC-participants (listed here along with the team they are NOT representing). I guarantee our team would whup any other real WBC squad:
C -- Joe Mauer (U.S.)
1B -- Mark Teixeira (U.S.)
2B -- Chase Utley (U.S.)
3B -- Albert Pujols (Dominican). (It takes some creativity to get both him and Teixeira into our lineup.)
SS -- Rafael Furcal (Dominican)
OF -- Manny Ramirez (Dominican)
OF -- Josh Hamilton (U.S.)
OF -- Lance Berkman (U.S.)
DH -- Ryan Howard (U.S.)
SP -- Johan Santana (Venezuela)
SP -- CC Sabathia (U.S.)
SP -- Cole Hamels (U.S.)
CL -- Brad Lidge (U.S.)
Speaking on behalf of all East Apathians, I love our team. Love the all-lefty rotation. Love the closer. Love trying to figure out a lineup card with all those sluggers. (Personally, I think I'd go Furcal-Berkman-Pujols-Ramirez-Teixeira-Hamilton-Howard-Utley-Mauer.)
I think they ought to just go ahead and give us the trophy now.
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