The Netherlands Beat the Dominican Republic AGAIN!?!
There's no way that actually just happened. The Netherlands beating the Dominican Republic once is a huge upset. Beating one of the pre-tournament favorites is a monumental, earth-shifting upset.
Not only did the Netherlands knock off a team loaded with major league stars, it did so for the second time in five days ... in the pressure-packed realm of extra innings, leaning on unproven pitchers -- the Netherlands' starter was a Twins prospect named Tom Stuifbergen -- and a crop of minor league bats to eliminate the likes of Hanley Ramirez, David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada, Willy Aybar, Jose Reyes and, well, the list goes on and on.
So what now for the Netherlands? Who knows. They've come this far, and they actually held a lead for most of the game against Puerto Rico (in Puerto Rico, mind you) before capitulating on Monday night.
Regardless of what they achieve from here out, the team in orange has proven that this tournament, ceremonial though it may seem, really does have the magic dust to warrant a quadrennial spot on the March stage.
It's also proven one other thing: Someone needs to hire Netherlands manager Rod Delmonico now. The man is spinning gold out of thin air.
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