I hate to admit this, but spring training is kind of boring. Don’t get me wrong, I am so glad Dodger baseball is back and I can’t wait for the 2017 season to start. I just wish we could skip ahead to opening day. If I could have a magical remote control and press fast forward through the next couple of weeks I most certainly would.
The Dodgers spring training is business as usual in Glendale, Arizona. Exhibition games are in full swing. Right now the Dodgers are playing the Cleveland Indians at Goodyear Stadium. Brandon McCarthy is on the rubber and some of the regulars are in the starting lineup. Andre Ethier has a sore back, and Corey Seager is still out with his oblique injury. Otherwise there is not a whole lot to talk about. Rich Hill is working on his off-speed pitches, and McCarthy is babbling on about cupcakes. Oh and Julio Urias has strep throat. Why is it every spring at least one or two Dodgers come down with strep?
The World Baseball Classic is probably more interesting than spring training right now. The championship round starts tonight at Dodger Stadium. The final three games will be played at Chavez Ravine, with the championship game slated for Wednesday night. The first game will see Team Netherlands taking on Puerto Rico at 6PM PST tonight. The second game will see Team USA battling Japan on Tuesday night. The winners of those games will face each other in the final game for the title. Our own Kenley Jansen will be pitching for Team Netherlands.
Team USA had a thrilling victory over the Dominicans to advance to the championship round for the first time since 2009. I wrote a neat little recap of that game as a guest writer over at hotstoveMLB.com. Check it out if you have a few minutes. I think people are finally starting to pay attention to the international tournament. That could be because Team USA has a chance to win it all for the first time ever. They’ll have to get past Japan first, which will be a tough test for them.
It’s hard to believe that the Americans have never won the tournament. This is just the second time ever that they’ve reached the championship round. I do think that there needs to be some adjustments to the format and rules for the WBC, but overall it’s pretty neat to watch. It would be super cool to see the United States finally win it. Seeing them do it at Dodger Stadium would be even better. It’s definitely more interesting right now than anything going on at Glendale.