US Baseball Fails To make it to Athens

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by stevewhit0, Nov 7, 2003.

  1. stevewhit0

    stevewhit0 New Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    Champaign, IL
    So no Olympics In Baseball, No Roger in Athens

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...07/ap_on_sp_ol/oly_u_s__baseball_eliminated_2

    What a shame!! The funny thing i find in this is how i really dont think that many people care about this loss. I have heard no public outrage as of yet. Mabe this really shows that the USA public only cares when team USA sports win and when they lose the public just lets it roll by.
     
  2. Ludahai

    Ludahai New Member

    Jun 22, 2001
    Taichung, Taiwan
    Wow, and with South Korea being eliminated by Taiwan, that means two of Sydney's medalists are not going to be making the trip.
     
  3. Foots

    Foots Member

    Jan 7, 2002
    Ellicott City, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    only one thing matters to most American baseball fans: the World Series.
     
  4. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    And that's the problem with most Americans....
     
  5. stevewhit0

    stevewhit0 New Member

    Jun 26, 2001
    Champaign, IL
    I really hate how they call it the World Series, i know its the best league and all the crap. And they have the worst looking trophy in pro sports. I cant tell what the hell is it? anyone know please help me out.. It looks like you could kill yourself if you fell on the thing
     
  6. ThreeApples

    ThreeApples Member+

    Jul 28, 1999
    Smurf Village
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    There's no outrage because nobody even knew the team was playing in the qualifying tournament. When the Olympics roll around people will be mystified by the lack of a US team.

    This format was pretty bogus, though. The USA went undefeated in its group, then lost a single elimination game to Mexico, which went 0-3 in its group, and that's the end of the line.
     
  7. Craig P

    Craig P BigSoccer Supporter

    Mar 26, 1999
    Eastern MA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    That's especially absurd considering that AFAIK baseball is the only NCAA team sport that uses a double-elimination national championship tournament.
     
  8. Maczebus

    Maczebus New Member

    Jun 15, 2002
    Re: Re: US Baseball Fails To make it to Athens

    I'm usually one to laugh when a sporting misfortune or injustice happens to a given US team.
    But if the above is true - that does seem a touch harsh.

    So, given that the US and S Korea aren't up for it - who's getting the gold?
    I know nothing about baseball but do enjoy a wierd bet or two a week.
    I don't know what the odds are on Cuba but surely they're worth a go? They used to be, are they still?
     
  9. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    OH
    Re: Re: Re: US Baseball Fails To make it to Athens

    Yep, they'll be the odds on favorite now.
     
  10. DoctorJones24

    DoctorJones24 Member

    Aug 26, 1999
    OH
    I think Opening Day trumps the World Series.
     
  11. Ludahai

    Ludahai New Member

    Jun 22, 2001
    Taichung, Taiwan
    Re: Re: Re: US Baseball Fails To make it to Athens

    Japan looked VERY good in going 3-0 in winning the Asian championship.
     
  12. dfb547490

    dfb547490 New Member

    Feb 9, 2000
    The Heights
    Cuba will be the favorite, altho Japan can't be counted out. Taiwan, Italy, and whoever the 2nd team from the Americas is (probably Canada) will be the dark horses.

    Is Greece going to field a team? If so, there may be a "Team USA" of sorts, as I'd imagine most of their players would be Americans of Greek heritage...
     
  13. JG

    JG Member+

    Jun 27, 1999
    Re: Re: Re: US Baseball Fails To make it to Athens

    Cuba still has to win two more games to qualify...Brazil tomorrow should be easy (although Brazil almost beat them in the world championships a couple weeks ago), but Puerto Rico is capable of beating them in the semifinal. The big beneficiary is Canada, who only have to beat Colombia and Mexico (who they beat 8-2 in the group stage) to qualify.

    Originally there were supposed to be 12 or 13 teams in the tournament, but a bunch dropped out at the last minute, rendering the format pretty lame--and baseball is a bad sport for single elimination in the first place.
     
  14. JG

    JG Member+

    Jun 27, 1999
    Yeah, Peter Angelos has been funding their team...it'll be mostly minor leaguers with Greek ancestry.
     
  15. DoyleG

    DoyleG Moderator
    Staff Member

    FC Edmonton
    Canada
    Jan 11, 2002
    Victoria, BC
    Club:
    FC Edmonton
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    To those Americans who hate missing out on '04.

    We went through the same thing at the '99 Pan-Am Games, which served as Olympic qualifiers. We finsihed at the top of our group, beating the US and Cuba in the process. We lost to the Cubans in the semis and had to sit on the sidelines for Sydney.

    I'm sure the IOC and IBA will have back-ups to get the US somehow into the tourney. There was one in place for Sydney if it was needed.

    The blame should be on the Euros, they have 3 places for the Olympics.
     
  16. Foots

    Foots Member

    Jan 7, 2002
    Ellicott City, MD
    Club:
    DC United
    Which eventually leads up to the World Series
     
  17. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    No, that's a problem for soccer fans on soccer message boards....
     
  18. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Re: Re: US Baseball Fails To make it to Athens

    Exactly. Baseball is a sport where crappy teams win 40% of the time.

    Still, I'm happy for Mexico. I hope the Expos play some games there next year.
     
  19. hangthadj

    hangthadj Member+

    A.S. Roma
    Mar 27, 2001
    Beacon, NY
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    This blows.
     
  20. fidlerre

    fidlerre Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 10, 2000
    Central Ohio
    this is funny...

    like others have said, the team goes undefeated in group play and then loses a game to mexico and is out? i mean come on, are you kidding me? baseball is not the kind of sport that should have a single elimination tournament...bogus...

    that being said...

    who cares what elimination it is, an american baseball team should not be losing to mexico, there is no excuse. this would be like luxembourg beating england in WCQ'ing, just shouldn't happen...ever...
     
  21. Levante

    Levante Member+

    Jul 28, 2001
    You're underestimating the passion that the game is played with in some areas in Mexico...........If you had said that a Major League American team should never be losing to a Mexican team then I'd believe you. In this tournament it was basically our Minor leaguers against their pro's (probably minor league maybe some major league material).
     
  22. Maczebus

    Maczebus New Member

    Jun 15, 2002
    re: Cuba for Gold.

    So I've got to narrow it down to Cuba, Japan, PR or Canada?
    Damn, I know nothing. But the beauty with this country is that no-one else knows anything about baseball either so the odds don't get messed around too much.
    "In the kingdom of the blind, the one eyed man is king" is appropriate.

    And with my one eye, I'm going for Cuba...or Japan....or...


    Made me laugh.
    Was reminiscent of "How the hell does CONCACAF deserve 4 spots???" type diatribe that floats around these boards.
     
  23. riverplate

    riverplate Member+

    Jan 1, 2003
    Corona, Queens
    Club:
    CA River Plate
    Cuba won the gold in 1992, which was baseball's first year as an Olympic sport, and 1996. There's a move on to eliminate it as an Olympic sport.

    Here's my favorite quote from Tommy Lasorda:

    "I can't believe it! It's a shock and disgrace that Americans won't be represented in the Olympics. Baseball is America's game. It doesn't belong to the Cubans or the Koreans or the Italians. This is sad, very sad."
     
  24. DCUPopeAndLillyFan

    Apr 20, 2000
    Colorado
    What a xenophobic quote. Yeah the game doesn't belong to them, but it doesn't belong to us either - that's the price for being an international and Olympic sport.

    Nobody is going to cry about the US missing out on a tournament, buit jeez what a dumb setup. Just as dumb as when winless Belarus upset Sweden in hockey last time out and Sweden was done.
     
  25. skipshady

    skipshady New Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    Orchard St, NYC
    If anything, baseball belongs to the English, since it's just a variation on rounders. Innit?
     

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