Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Caribbean World Series Starts Today

Right now, I am very excited to be watching some live baseball on the MLB Network; the Caribbean World Series starts today and the first game starts at 2:30PM Eastern. Puerto Rico plays the Dominican Republic in the opener and Orioles Minor Leaguer Miguel Abreu is representing Ponce, PR and playing left field. Former Oriole Raul Casanova is the Puerto Rican DH.

Across the diamond playing for the Dominicans is another former Oriole at DH, Willis Otanez: Freddy Guzman, a 2009 member of the Norfolk Tides, is playing centerfield. Check out my entry on Otanez; he was a member of the 2009 Newark Bears and there's an interesting story about how that card was signed.

If you're not familiar with the Caribbean World Series, it is a yearly round-robin tournament that showcases the Winter League Champions from PR, the DR, Venezuela and Mexico. The Series continues for 6 days and it looks like 2 games are played most days, so each team gets to play once a day. It is one of the reasons why I like MLB Network so much. This isn't something that ESPN ever had time to show, they had to air those extra three hours of SportsCenter every day, and for a baseball junkie like myself, it represents the first live baseball action I've seen since the World Series. Even if I only recognize one or two players, I still enjoy watching it because it's baseball!

Everybody enjoy the Caribbean World Series for now and soon enough, pitchers and catchers will be reporting!

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