This marathon of a game between Team Canada and Team Great Britain was an absolute treat for baseball fans around the world. What started out promising for Team Canada, with their ace Cal Quantrill on the hill, quickly turned sour when Great Britain took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Fortunately, Canada’s bats woke up in a big way and scored five runs immediately to take the lead back and never looked back. With 18 runs scoring in total over three hours and 38 minutes of play, this will be remembered as one of the most exciting games in World Baseball Classic history. When all was said and done, it will go down as a mercy rule victory for Team Canada who had final bragging rights with a score of 18-8.
The international world of baseball got to show off its set of unique talents in a World Baseball Classic game that had it all – except for dominant pitching and sound defense, that is! Even without these two critical necessities for success, the teams still managed to break records by scoring an incredible 26 runs, easily making it the highest-scoring game in the tournament’s history. It just goes to show that with a bit more offensive tenacity, this game could’ve gone on even longer. The length of this game also exemplifies the importance of MLB’s new pitch clock, as its presence would’ve likely shortened this already lengthy game even further.
Freddie Freeman‘s exceptional talent was on full display at the recent exhibition game between Team Canada and a collection of Major League stars. Not only did the Los Angeles Dodgers star prove to be a major offensive weapon for Team Canada but he also garnered praise from his opponents for his level of dedication to the game. To close out the game, Seattle Mariners top prospect Matt Brash entered in the seventh inning and sent Team Canada to an emphatic mercy rule win. Nonetheless, it is important not to base too many opinions from one standout performance like this as it is typically an aberration rather than the norm for these kinds of games.
This matchup could not have been more unexpected, and yet it provided an unforgettable experience for individuals from both countries. As Canadians know all too well, they are known as the land of hockey while the UK is far more synonymous with soccer. Neither country has much of a history with baseball, so seeing these teams compete in an international tournament like the World Baseball Classic was truly something special. What transpired during this match could only be described as pure entertainment for those who tuned in- it was high scoring and provided plenty of excitement throughout, ending on a suspenseful note and leaving fans with something to talk about for years to come.
Team Canada might’ve been seen as an underdog coming into the tournament, but they’re quickly proving that they are not to be underestimated. With Freeman providing power on offense and a solid pitching staff, they have a chance at some surprising upsets in this tournament – especially if Quantrill is able to turn things around and fight back against his slump. So far, the team looks sharp and focused on the mission at hand; with 18 runs scored in a single game, history is being made and expectations started to shift for what Team Canada can accomplish in this tournament. It’ll be an impressive feat to watch unfold if these Athletes can prove their doubters wrong.