United States Beats Puerto Rico for First World Baseball Classic Title
The United States took the World Baseball Classic final with an 8-0 over Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
It was the first US final in the World Baseball Classic, a tournament that has been played since 2006. In 2009, the Americans were in fourth place. In this edition of 2017 were second in Group C behind the Dominican Republic and advanced to the semifinal after beating Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. In that second round, however, they lost with the Puerto Ricans.
Puerto Rico reached the final after an excellent performance in the tournament, in which they had lost no match. They remained in the top spot in Group D – above Venezuela, Italy, and Mexico – in the first round and in the second round they defeated United States, Dominican Republic and Venezuela. In the semi-final they defeated the Netherlands.
Such was the expectation among the Puerto Ricans that some of their followers imitated one of the actions that have characterized their players in the event: dye their hair blond. This is a custom adopted by Puerto Rican players since they started playing in the Classic, as a symbol of each victory. The blond in Puerto Rico has become something similar to an Olympic gold medal.