W.B.C. Championship Will Be a Study in Contrasts
LOS ANGELES -- This World Baseball Classic has taken the languid pastime of springtime baseball and turned it into something else, as if the game were being viewed through a fun house mirror.
It has had outrageous defense, audacious celebrations, cacophonous crowds, a run on blond hair dye and -- it would be remiss not to mention -- a mensch on a bench.
Then, on a damp and drizzly Tuesday night conjured out of a Raymond Chandler novel, it offered another rarity: the United States ...