MIAMI, EL EPICENTRO DEL BÉISBOL / MIAMI, THE EPICENTER OF BASEBALL
It's all over in Asia, the group stage and quarterfinal rounds were carried out and left us with results that in a large percentage were the most expected, the late nights that left us these matches in the Far East are over and a long trip has to be made to the West to continue with the events of this event and look for the winner of a classic that each time takes shape and level of the highest level of events worldwide, the location? The city of Miami, an area where the public is clearly involved in this tournament and it will be very, very attractive to see here the Cuban team with a lot of fans in their favor, not to say the vast majority, and the Japanese, with their characteristic style and disiplinary with the top star of baseball both in the major leagues and in this classic Shohei Ohtani, We will find out if in truth their level is the one shown since the beginning in Japan, or if they will find resistance against the United States, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico, that in this occasion, are better prepared and that this last round in Miami promises to be of very high impact and very entertaining, I assure you that this is where the real classic begins and the fans from all over the world will not be disappointed.
CONSTANCIA / CONSTANCE
Since I have knowledge that this classic would be held in 2023, the national team of Cuba is preparing to make a good participation in it, I speak of the month of January approximately, which was when the boys of the island of Cuba are getting in tune, and thus regain a level and prestige that had lost in previous editions of this tournament, with the only goal of winning a championship at the national team level, which has been very difficult, this due to the very high level of other teams in a professional event and not amateur as they are used to, but over the years, they have learned and have adapted very well to be at the level of competition, also bringing together a number of very interesting players who have given much to talk about.
So much so, that the Cuban team started this classic at a disadvantage, with a record of 0 and 2 and their aspirations to advance to the next round were very low, their mathematical possibilities were also very low, but they have done what very few teams are capable of doing, not giving up and being very consistent in a group that looked very complicated, they only had to go out to the field to do what they always used to do and wait for a series of results that seemed unimaginable, but how do you know if you have a real chance if you don't try? That is what the Antillean team did, they tried until the end, waiting for destiny and the development of other commitments to advance, but of course doing their own thing, fulfilling each of the mathematical requirements they needed, becoming an event in this group ''A'' but all this was achieved, with perseverance and never give up a desire that went beyond simply go out to play baseball, the result, the quarterfinals and a pass to the semifinals that they have more than deserved.
AHORA NOS VAMOS A MIAMI / NOW WE ARE GOING TO MIAMI
The headline of this section sounds something like very easy to say, ''We are moving now to Miami'' something like: now what? bring us the next one, but in reality it has been like that, the Japanese team has had like Venezuela a perfect world classic, now with 5 and 0 they look very comfortable and their performance as such until now has been like that, comfortable! They have defeated their rivals in such a categorical way that we can only say that the Japanese have ''played'' with their rivals and have not seen at any time a threat against them that they say they are in danger, this has to mean something and that in this next round in Miami we will know what they are made of, and it will be very interesting to observe their performance, with another stadium and another public, far away from that roofed stadium and artificial turf that accompanied them until the 4th finals.
In numbers beyond the fact that their opponents did not help either, they were very good, both offensively and in terms of pitching, just look at their main figure Ohtani, who in the best style of Babe Ruth to which we are accustomed in the big leagues, completely dominated so to speak to their rivals, from the mound has worked so far in a total of 5 games including the 4th finals, for 8 innings, allowing 5 hits, allowing only 2 clean runs for a total of 10 runs. 2 innings, allowing 5 hits, allowing only 2 clean runs for a total of 10 hits, being these numbers very good during the wide dominance of his team, and with respect to the offense, something similar happened, he went 16-7, connecting 3 doubles, bringing 8 teammates to the plate and adding a home run that reached up to 448 feet away.
LO QUE SE VIENE / WHAT'S COMING
The confrontations between the United States and Venezuela have been very close in the past, except for that 15-6 match in 2009 in favor of Uncle Sam's team, which has led us to the fact that the particular series between the two is currently tied at 2 victories per side, leaving the entire table served so that this Saturday night, we can witness a confrontation, which goes beyond what we can imagine, it is that cultural shock that we have always experienced over the years and that in this This occasion will not be an exception, that the rivalry that has seized these 2 nations in recent years comes to the surface, for its part, the United States, always favorites, and the so-called creators of this sport, will try to stop an undefeated Venezuela, for this they have a A top-level roster full of stars that, although they are called to transcend in this tournament and repeat what was achieved 6 years ago, but on the field they have not finished taking off.
If we start to analyze man by man, they are very even, perhaps the only disadvantage they have over each other is pitching, on the part of the United States they do not have the best, unlike Venezuela, which does have the best, perhaps in the third base there is a disparity, Nolan Arenado is much better than Eugenio Suarez, but in these short tournaments, the baseball background in MLB, they stay a little to one side and we enter an environment of clearly high competition and concentration, where whoever does it better or whose performance is commensurate with the circumstances will be the winner, a possible monticular confrontation would be Adam Wainwright against Pablo Lopez would be spectacular, but what will matter most is how much they will be focused for that day, because whoever is better At that moment, at 7:00 p.m. local time in Miami, he will be the winner, a good rivalry that could only be compared to Germany vs. Argentina in soccer, which in most cases is pronosed. reserved tics.
HASTA LA PRÓXIMA / SEE YOU NEXT TIME