Tuesday, March 03, 2009
The World Baseball Classic begins on Thursday with the Japanese squaring off at 4:30 in the morning when they face off against China. Taking the mound for team Japan will be their ace in the hole, none other than Kei Igawa. Instead of throwing Dice-K or Yu Darvish to open up the series the Japanese are going with the Yankees Quadruple A starter Igawa.
Probably figuring that the Chinese are the least of their worries, the Japanese are throwing Igawa in game one and saving Darvish and Dice-K for the more powerful Korean and Taiwanese squads. Or perhaps Kei has just dominated their camp and they actually think he could be ace type material in leading Japan back to the WBC trophy.
I'm completely kidding about all of that, I had you for a second didn't I? Japan didn't even want Igawa on their team saying “They think … he is not so good.” So he's rotting somewhere in Florida.