U.S. pitcher David Robertson (L) and infielder Nolan Arenado celebrate the team’s 8-0 win over Puerto Rico. The World Baseball Classic has sadly come to an end, with Team USA beating Team Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win its first WBC championship. The U.S. players seemed singularly possessed right out of the gate, notching 13 hits on the night compared to Puerto Rico’s three.
U.S. men’s national team captain Michael Bradley has played in 32 World Cup qualifiers in his career, and his response is clear when asked where Friday’s Russia 2018 qualifier against Honduras ranks among those games in terms of the U.S.’s absolute need for three points. “It would certainly be at or near the top, there’s no doubt about that,” says Bradley, who spoke to SI.com for half an hour in the lobby of the team hotel here on Wednesday. The U.S. is one of only seven teams in the world that have played in every men’s World Cup going back to 1990.
Last we left you with the NBA’s flat-Earth society, we pondered whether Shaquille O’Neal’s theory was as earnest as Kyrie Irving’s appears to be, or if the Pro Basketball Hall of Famer was just trolling us all.