Tony Pena passes around the shiny trophy and let all of his players are offering their besitos, or little kisses. Robinson Cano passes around a telephone as his teammates took turns in receiving congratulations from Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina.
“We appreciate that from the president,” said Jose Reyes.” Win it all about the Dominican Republic. They were hungry waiting for this moment, and we did it.”
The Dominican Republic has a crown of World Baseball Classic, finally.
Cheers of” Dominicana! Dominicana!” Rang through the rain at AT & T Park all the way to the vibrant streets of Santo Domingo.
Edwin Encarnacion reach two-run double in the first inning that held up, and the limited Dominicans dominant, unbeaten WBC run through with a 3-0 win against Puerto Rico for the championship Tuesday night.
” Tomorrow is a national holiday,” said Moises Alou, the proud Dominican general manager. ” This is a huge win.”
Cano earned MVP honors, Erick Aybar added a RBI double to back the winner Samuel Deduno, and demonstrative Dominican righty threw his arms in the air with pleasure after watching the run-saving defensive gem by center fielder Alejandro De Aza in a tough fifth.
The Dominican fans – fanaticos, in fact – do not let the wet weather of the Bay Area to keep them from dancing in the stands, waving flags and tooting the horn. Flag became makeshift ponchos.
It is fitting, too, perhaps, considering the World Series champion Giants clinched the NL pennant against the Cardinals in a downpour on the field last fall.
Some 50,000 more supporters gathered to watch television inside and outside the Estadio Quisqueya Dominican capital city.
” We want visitors every single moment, because we do not know if this team together again. I doubt it,” said manager Tony Pena Dominican.
Today, the Dominicans get their awaited holiday. A party they thought in 2009, when the Netherlands spoiled the plan by beating them twice for a stunning first-round exit.
After Fernando Rodney struck Luis Figueroa to end it, the Dominicans rushed to the mound – each player waving his own flag. Well, Rodney held his lucky plantain served him well for the second straight day. He did not eat it platano,” which he said that my second trophy.”
“This is my gold medal,” he said.” This is my black diamond, because it changes color. I kept telling everyone to relax and not worry about (pressure).”
The Dominicans (8-0) won it in the city where countrymen Felipe, Jesus and Matty Alou late made history in 1963 when they both appeared in the Giants outfield for several games. Moises Alou is the son of former Skipper of San Francisco, Felipe.
No important their team, Caribbeans had so much to cheer in a tournament championship losing star-studded American team again. U.S. failed to reach the final for the third time in many WBCs.
And Puerto Rico eliminated two-time reigning champion Japan Classic with a 3-1 victory Sunday night to make all final Caribbean.
This game gives new meaning to the idea of a Caribbean championship.
Deduno followed a good outing in a win against the Americans last Thursday in another strong performance to send him back to the Minnesota Twins with some nice momentum.
Deduno struck five in five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking three to finish with a 0.69 ERA for the tournament. And Rodney struck two and finished for his seventh save of the bullpen closed the special run with 25 2-3 scoreless innings of life. The relievers did not allow a run after the fourth inning of their first-round victory over Puerto Rico on March 10 in San Juan.
At the top of the fifth, the crew scurried environment rake the mound after it became slippery in the rain and walked five Deduno Alex Rios led off the offer inning.
After Carlos Rivera flied, De Aza run Andy Gonzalez’s long fly to left-center gap and make reach the warning track interfere with his back to the infield.
The Deduno then walked Jesus Feliciano. Pena paid the pitcher mound but stopped visiting him, and Angel Pagan struck Deduno swinging after falling behind 2-0. Deduno pumped his fists again as he charged off the mound and surrounded by celebratory teammates.
In the bottom half, De Aza made it his bat. He snapped 0-for-12 stretch when he laid a perfect bunt single toward third.
The Dominicans became the first unbeaten WBC champion, beat Team Puerto Rico for the third time in the Classic.
And now earned the distinction of world champion, too – for the first time in the history of the WBC.
Cano has a big hand in it.
The New York Yankees star finished his spectacular Cage Classic .469 (15 for 32) with two home runs, six RBIs, six runs scored and two doubles. The 15 hits were a WBC record. He also earned MVP honors in each of the first two round. Encarnacion finished with six RBIs WBC.
After drawing a couple of nights earlier intentional walk, Cano is one of the first inning against loser Giancarlo Alvarado.
The Puerto Rican right-hander surrendered Encarnacion offer double two later, and then do a shaky inning featuring 22 pitches and 10 strikes only.
Hiram Burgos relieved and struck five in 4 2-3 innings.
” We did not have many big names,” said manager Edwin Rodriguez Puerto Rico. ” The people here want to be here. They had a mission, and that is to give everything. I think that’s an example of what is done when you have interest and you really put your passion to a cause.”
After Miguel Tejada started at third base and designated hitter Hanley Ramirez played nights earlier in a 4-1 semifinal win over the Netherlands, Ramirez returned to third and Aybar in the lineup at DH. Tejada replaced the Dodgers’ Ramirez at third in the sixth and make a diving catch in the bullpen area where he landed hard on his left side and came up grimacing.
Ramirez was lifted because he jammed his thumb lunging for a groundball. Mosies Alou said Ramirez examined further.
Pena on the move paid off as Aybar doubled and singled and Ramirez added a base hit in the winning effort.
“I’ll tell you one thing: Tonight we’re going to celebrate, tomorrow we’re going to celebrate, and Thursday we have to worry about spring training,” said Cano.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was among those attending the game – available on television in 440 million households worldwide in 200 countries and territories, and over 15 languages - which drew 35,703 fans on a cool, drizzly night March to AT & T Park.
NOTES: The Puerto Ricans are 0 for 11 with runners in position marking. … Dr. reliever Santiago Casilla major league teammate Pagano walked five offers to start the eighth. … Reyes triple in the seventh. … Attendance for the three games of the Giants’ stadium is 96,913 for a tournament total of 885,212. That surpassed the previous record of 801,410 in 2009. … … Japan losing to Puerto Rico on Sunday was watched by 51 percent of potential viewers in Japan, MLB said. It is the largest part of Japan for any WBC games this year. Games are also the most watched sporting event in Puerto Rico last year, the final moments of a 74 share. … MLB executive Tim Brosnan WBC called a” lasting, over-the-top success.”