Reading the comments and seeing the reaction by Team USA players following Saturday's 11-1 loss to Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, you would have thought America was mercy-ruled by a team from Iraq.
USA captain Derek Jeter said it was embarrassing and Adam Dunn called it unaccepable. It sounds like egos were more battered than American starter Jake Peavy, who allowed six runs in two innings.
Jeter and his teammates may indeed feel a little embarrassed, but Americans are too busy watching college basketball or their 401K plans to care that the United States got trounced in a glorified spring training tournament designed to make Bud Selig and his billionaire buddies richer.
The lopsided score was not all that hard to believe. The Dominican Republic losing twice to the Netherlands, a country more known for Golden Earring (cue Radar Love) than Gold Gloves, was surreal. The U.S. getting trounced by Puerto Rico was not baseball's version of The Twilight Zone. It was merely a team with good players having a bad day against another team with good players.
And make no mistake, Puerto Rico has produced some terrific players -- past and present. Do the names Beltran and Delgado sound familiar? And years ago there was this guy named Clemente who influenced a future generation of players.
Hey, it's not as if the U.S. lost to Puerto Rico in a basketball game.