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Today in the WBC
2006-02-23 14:48
by Bob Timmermann

Some turn on, some tune in, but most drop out

  • Roberto Kelly quit as manager of the Panamanian team citing a lack of support from Panamanian baseball officials. Anibal Reluz takes over.

  • Jose Vidro won't play for Puerto Rico.

  • Francisco Cordero won't pitch for the Dominican Republic.

  • Manny Ramirez has dropped out of the WBC according to Red Sox owner John Henry. However, Ramirez's agent, Gene Orza, says that isn't official yet.

  • Tommy Lasorda's chiding of players who are dropping out of the WBC is not nearly as persuasive as Pope Urban II's speech that kicked off the Crusades back in 1095.

2006-02-23 17:39:33
1.   Sliced Bread
At this rate, 'WBC' is going to stand for 'Wiffle Ball Classic,' as in two-on-two, with a strike zone marked in black tape on Lasorda's garage door. At least we know nobody's going to get hurt now (unless you count Bud's bruised ego).

By the way, that Pope Urban reference was hilarious.

2006-02-23 18:31:39
2.   Bob Timmermann
Thank you. I hope it's the first mention of Pope Urban II on a baseball blog.

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