For whatever reason, the media sort of poo pooed it the World Baseball Classic in '06 - especially when the US failed and we were left with a Cuba-Japan championship game. Personally, I loved it. Not USA losing, but the entire format. It's another good idea from the much maligned Bud Selig. Anyway, the preliminary rosters came out today. Just look at the infields for the US and Dominican Republic. Holy smokes! They might be fighting each other out of the dugout to see who plays each game.
Some serious lumber off the bench, to say the least. Looking for a sleeper? How about Venezuela with a roster that includes:
Crazy Carlos Zambrano
Oh, and Vinny Rottino is on team Italy. That's all you need to know about their chances. Nick Punto might be their best player.