Olympic baseball

by Michael O. Allen on August 19, 2008

The Olympic baseball tournament is getting interesting.

The United States Olympic baseball team started very slowly in the tournament, losing to South Korea before beating the Netherlands, then losing in extra-innings to Cuba, only to come back and beat Canada and China. In the China game on Monday things got pretty rough. Matt LaPorta got hit in the head after he ran over China’s catcher and knocked him out of the game. Nate Schierholtz avenged LaPorta with this collision at the plate.

The U.S. needs to beat Taiwan and Japan, which is undefeated, to get into the medal rounds.

The baseball tournament–which is being discontinued in Olympic competition (apparently darts and ballroom dancing are under consideration as replacement sports), along with softball, in 2012–has been spectacular, but the only place to follow it is online.

Of course TV has that beach volleyball thing covered.

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