While You Were Sleeping
On Monday afternoon, the Canadian Olympic baseball team won a back-and-forth game against Taiwan critical to their chances of qualifying for the Olympics (which will be the last for a while since Baseball is no longer an Olympic sport as of 2012).
After holding on to the ball through a collision that stopped Jim Van Ostrand (at right) from scoring the game-tying run in the eighth, the Taiwanese catcher flipped the ball back at Van Ostrand, who took exception and confronted him. The benches cleared, and the raucous home crowd started throwing junk on the field until the police intervened.
Down to their last out in the ninth inning Stubby Clapp singled and then scored to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Then in the 10th, Van Ostrand got the best revenge by doubling home the winning run on a hit-and-run. (Recap/Box Score). He called it “the most fun I’ve ever had in my life on the baseball field”, and his manager called it “one of the greatest games I have ever been involved in with Team Canada”.
Fortunately, Sportsnet was neither distracted by this epic tilt, or the Halladay/Oswalt pitching duel between the Jays and the Astros in spring training. We were instead treated to the Red Sox playing the Mets to a tie, which as one of the announcers pointed out was as satisfying as “kissing your sister”.
He then added. “I always wanted a sister. Seriously!”