Your Walkoff Walk Editors Make Their WBC Rooting Interests Known

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With the World Baseball Classic on the verge of starting any day now, it's about time your Walkoff Walk editors and interns divulged our rooting interests. It's not as cut and dry as you would expect: despite my deep-seated Italian heritage, I can't imagine cheering against my native United States of America. Kris, on the other hand, is a socialist pig while Lloyd is enough of a Great White North fanboy to make Corey Koskie's head spin. Here, in our own words, are our declarative statements, good readers:

  • Rob Iracane chooses the USA: Maybe if my man idol Derek Jeter wasn't playing for Team America, this would be more of a toss-up. But the veteran Jeter's presence lends leadership to an otherwise young lineup; add in my favorite Red Sock Kevin Youkilis and some quietly awesome veteran pitchers like Roy Oswalt and Jake Peavy and you've got a team that could very easily pull this thing off. Call it irrational jingoism or call it short-sighted statistical analysis: not only am I rooting for Team America, I think they're going to win the whole bowl of cherries.

  • Kris Liakos chooses Mexico: I thought about choosing Cuba because I like their rich baseball tradition and few countries love the sport as much as them. But I didn't want to be misinterpreted and attract crazy commenters. Then I was going to pick the DR because their infield is pretty awesome, but as an early season tournament, pitching will rule the day. Mexico has K-Rod and The Mexicutioner and... Elmer Dessens. Ah screw it. I'm going with Mexico because I loved The Savage Detectives and rooting for the US is something Richie Cunningham would do.

  • Lloyd the Barber chooses Canada: Canadians live for the opportunity to quietly espouse their national pride, nearly as much as they love an opportunity to jeer Americans in a safely drunken and inoffensive manner. It's pretty easy to like Canada's chances in this exhibition event. Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Russell Martin, Matt Stairs give any team a chance to compete in a winner-take-all home run derby for all the marbles. Sadly, the WBC will be decided by playing full 9 inning baseball games. Any team who's current ace finds himself battling to become the Blue Jays fifth stater and former ace finds himself battling to make the Blue Jays as an power-hitting outfielder isn't going to beat many good teams. Playing in front of the home country fans could help them sneak into the second round, leaving them poised for a trouncing by a vastly superior nation of sun soaked Dominicans. At that point I continue the proud Canadian tradition of jumping ship! I'll move my support to my briefly adopted homeland of South Korea. DAE HAN MIN GUK.

  • Darren chooses China: Hey I'm not from China but my grandparents are. Well, they were. Their souls are gone now but that's okay with me I'm my own man you know? It's hard to be a second generation Chinese-American living in Texas but I do my own thing you know? I don't know any players on the Chinese team because none of the Astros are on it. I think Kaz Matsui is Japanese but even though he is an Astro I can't root for Japan. My father thinks baseball is a terrible sport and wishes that I were to be a volleyball player like he was in college but I do my own thing and watch baseball. So I will be rooting for China even though I don't feel any connection with China and would rather root for Team U.S.A. but Rob already has that so I'm okay, you know?

  • The Street Team chooses The Netherlands: Boyyyyy. Listen up it's Shielk Pete, The Speed Freak. I'm the commader of that WoW Street Team Crew. You know, me Dana Dollas, The Moose, Lil Pepe and Moses 'Two Step' Diaz. We know a thing or two about REPRESENTING and when we're not wheatpasting pictures of Rob to the alley next to a Williams and Sonoma we're watching bikka bikka BASEBALL. The Netherlands got sick beats and Pim Walsma. End of story. I'm gonna go take a bottle of King Cobra straight to the neck. OUT.

So there ya go. Who are y'all rooting for?


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33 Comments

Considering that Team Venezuela is essentially the Detroit Tigers, I don't feel that I have much of a choice here. Also, Hugo Chavez is making me root for them.

I am rooting for Puerto Rico because I think Jose Oquendo is the Next Great Crazy Latin Baseball Manager.

Camp Venezuela Claw

Anyone but the Dutch. Frigging wannabe nazi bastards.

What team has Chipper on it?

That's the one I like.

Sure, Japan will probably win again, but since somebody's gotta do it: USA! USA! USA! USA!

Personally... I'm disappointed that CHIPPER JONES wasn't able to voice his opinion on this matter.

I THINK ITS PRETTY DOGGONE OBVIOUS WHO EVERY RED BLOODED AMERICAN DUDE SHOULD BE IN THE RING WITH FOR THE WBC I MEAN IF I HAVE TO GO AND LIST THE REASONS WHY *AMERICANS* SHOULD ROOT FOR *AMERICAAAAAA* THEN THIS WEBSITE IS MORE FOR THE BIRDS THAT A SACK FULL OF WORMS. I MEAN WE ARE OUT THERE WITH OUR HEART AND SOLE ON DISPLAY FOR ALL TO SEE AND SOME JERKSMACK IS GONNA ROOT FOR CANADUMB OR MEXICANT? NO WAY JOSE.

HAH.

ANYWAYS I HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY THAN TO TRY IN VEINS TO ONCE AGAIN SHOW YOU GUYS THE WAY TO PLAY SO IF YOU WANT TO BE COOL GUYS AND ROOT FOR US THEN DO IT AND IF YOU DONT WELL THEN DONT SHOW YOUR FACE IN MY SPACE. THAT GOES DOUBLE FOR YOU CATSHIRT. YOUR QUESTIONS WERE MUNDANE AND I COULD SEE THE CAT SHIRT THROUGH YOUR YELLOW POLO SHIRT NICE TRY DOOFUS.

BANG-LA-DESH! BANG-LA-DESH!

OH AND EDBURGER BE PATIENT GEESH I DONT SIT AT MY COMPUTER ALL DAY LIKE YOU DO. I AM BUSY PREPARING TO HIT 400 AGAIN WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR TIME BESIDES A BIG BUNCH OF NOTHING.

OH AND MATTTT=T YOU'RE MY BOY BLUE. THATS FROM OLD SCHOOL BUT IT STILL RINGS TRUE.

USA USA USA will finish in third plaice, heart and sole or not.

Anyone But stinking convicts from Down under for me.

Darren told us he was Filipino when we hired him. He even wrote half his resume in Tagalog.

THANK YOU, CHIPPUR. I REALISE MY LIFE IS CRAP FULLED AND WILL JUMP OFF A BRIDGE NOW SIR THANK YOU MUCH VERY.

I thought Darren was the kid in Gran Torino

@Rob

I thought you meant he wrote his resume with a cookie.

it's WHEAT you hillybilly sumbitch.

SMACK is what you do to make yourself feel again.

I'm rooting for America, fuck yeah.

And also rooting for Italy because they gave us capicola, prosciutto, and sopressata.

For those of you picking against Team USA: Why do you hate America?

UU,

Isn't that Italy's starting outfield?

I thought Chipper was playing for Team Curaçao. Isn't Jones a Curaçan name?

@Chief, if it isn't it should be.

UU, Everyone hates America now, it's trendy.

Austraila because I wish my house was infested with koala bears

I'll go for Japan then because I wish my house was infested with Japanese women in schoolgirl outfits.

touche

No love of Canadia? For shame, NAFTA. For shame.

Prepare for the soft-focus human interest story after Team Australia rallies behind their manager, a wallaby, after he gets arrested and charged as a serial rapist.

@Lloyd
I think I will be rooting for Canada against the US on Saturday now that Nathan pulled out.

UU, I'm with you in unbridled USA homerism.

I'm rooting for Team USA despite the fact that Youkilis is Greek.

Oh, and I have no idea what that Street Team stuff is, but I did learn from Michael J. Nelson that the Dutch are mean.

Pulling for the USA to go all the way, even though my boy Sizemore won't be playing anymore. That being said, if I had to pick a team to put some money on, that team would be Venezuela.

for the record I think the DR will win it.

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