After stunning the mighty Dominican Republic twice in Round 1, The Netherlands is clearly the Cinderella of the World Baseball Classic. The team is embracing that role as it heads into Round 2, with its first game against Venezuela on Saturday at Dolphin Stadium in Miami.
Pitchers Jair Jurrjens of the Braves and Shairon Martis of the Nationals made the difficult decision to stay in camp to hone their skills for the Major League season, passing up the chance to compete in the Classic for The Netherlands.
Team USA not only expected to visit Miami this weekend but has aspirations beyond just a few more games in South Florida. The World Baseball Classic clubs from Puerto Rico and Venezuela, both stocked amply with Major League talent, can say the same thing.