Latin America & the Caribbean / Sports

USA dominates Puerto Rico in WBC, but Puerto Ricans still inspired

The U.S team celebrates an 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

by Troy White

Team USA dominates team Puerto Rico in an 8-0 end to the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday, March 22. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays’ pitcher, played a huge part in the win by shutting down Puerto Rico with no hits through the sixth inning.

Stroman’s mother was born and raised in Puerto Rico, so when Stroman felt the need to pitch for Team USA, she was devastated. The brilliant young pitcher was the deciding factor for the winner of the entire tournament. Stroman walked off the field in the seventh after Angel Pagan broke up his no hitter, ending his night. He walked off to a huge standing ovation.

Stroman absolutely dominated the Puerto Rican’s offense not even letting them bring energy into the game. He did so well in the innings he pitched only three groundballs made it in the infield.

Team USA’s offensive production was the entire story of the tournament. Between Orioles Hall of Fame centerfielder Adam Jones to the Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, the ball kept rolling.

In other words, team Puerto Rico still stands as an inspiration to all of their country. Even though this game would’ve been the most important game of their lives, they still made a commitment to inspire the kids of Puerto Rico to make it to the pros.

The excitement in Puerto Rico kept growing coming up to the end of the classic, but many are still proud of what their idols achieved. Although most kids in Puerto Rico are saddened by the loss, baseball is still increasing. Baseball in Puerto Rico is growing faster than ever, many kids wishing to be the next Lindor, or Carlos Correa, but they will make a return to their homeland to develop the program so one days kids can meet their ultimate dream.