Michael Barret's blog:
http://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/200 ... sp&sid=wbc
Some interesting stuff about the idea that they're not trying to win:
There were a lot of nasty comments in the stands by the fans out of frustration. "Are you guys trying?" Stuff like that. People need to understand these teams that we're playing aren't slouches at all. They play really good baseball. It just goes to show how baseball has grown in other countries. To true baseball fans, that's really exciting. One thing that baseball has been hoping for is a real World Series.
I want people to understand we're all frustrated. It's hard to understand -- first, the Koreans play quality baseball. The Korean first baseman [Seung-Yeop Lee] hit a home run -- he's nicknamed the "Lion King." He's got five home runs in this thing. I'm thinking, why isn't he over here playing [in the Major Leagues]? No. 2, we're doing everything we can as a team to win. We want to win as bad as anybody out there. Now we can beat Mexico and still be at the mercy of the tiebreaker system. It's out of our control.
There was some concern that Derrek Lee is hurt. I think he's OK. He didn't play because it was his turn to sit. Everybody wants D-Lee to play because he's one of the hottest hitters but there are other guys on this team who are here for a reason. It was their turn to play.
Frankly, I think the idea that they're not trying their hardest to win is embarrassing. As a fan, I don't buy into the idea that "Oh, it's ok if the US loses because they're just viewing this as a tuneup." I think that's embarrassing and pretty egocentric (what the US is so superior that no one even has a chance? give me a break).
If the US has the best team (and I don't think anyone's doubting that we do), then go out there and win the damn thing. If we lose, then give respect to the other team and maybe learn a thing or two about team baseball.