Marcus Stroman Lifts Team USA To First WBC Championship Over Puerto Rico

"I don't respect some of the comments that were made toward her". "Not only for the US, but for all the countries".

It turned out to the decision that was the difference in Team USA's first WBC championship.

The US were without their best pitcher, Clayton Kershaw, as well as MLB Most Valuable Players center fielder Mike Trout and third baseman Kris Bryant, who all chose to skip the tournament.

The confetti-strewn celebration in Chavez Ravine should have a few superstars realizing they missed out on something great.

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Many MLB players who didn't participate in the WBC were also fired up about Team USA's win. They overwhelmed the opposition, going 3-1 with a 1.25 ERA. We had the right players.

"If it rained even harder and we have a rain delay, you can't control that".

The global appeal of the WBC still was a tough sell to Major League Baseball teams and players understandably preoccupied with their paying jobs.

First time I've stayed there so I don't know what the area is like or if there's a solid local nearby. For Puerto Rico, it was the U.S. Territory's second runner-up finish.

The US made the final by knocking off a Japanese team accustomed to success, as they had a ideal 6-0 record and were looking to win their third title in just four tournaments.

This group of 18 All-Stars got the US into the final for the first time this year.

Manager's special: Chris Archer, ace of the Tampa Bay Rays, was ready to leave Florida and join Team USA to pitch in the championship game.

Clark believes many more players appreciated the WBC's unique appeal after watching this tournament. "That's not taking anything away from them".

"The opportunity to wear your country across your chest is something, particularly if you haven't experienced it before", Clark said. The tournament is the biggest sports news story in Japan, the victor of the first two tournaments, and it took off in attention everywhere from South Korea to the Netherlands this time out.

It hasn't all been smooth sailing for the 25-year-old, who was roughed up earlier in the second round of the tournament by Puerto Rico, which made for a sweet revenge story for Stroman, whose mother is from Puerto Rico, as he's received backlash on social media for changing his mind in December, electing to play for the US over PR. Thousands of fans crowded the downtown streets in San Juan to watch the game broadcast.

Puerto Rico, which outscored its opponents 55-18 while winning its first seven games, beat Stroman and the United States 6-5 in the second round Friday. He credits them partly to the nation's WBC success in 2013 as the runner-up to the Dominican Republic. "(In the previous) 10, 15 years, those good athletes, they were either playing baseball or volleyball or basketball, and now soccer.

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