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Netherland's loss was a defeat for underdogs anywhere

SAN FRANCISCO -- We got beat on Monday night 4-1. By "we" I mean Team Netherlands. My team.

I am being completely unprofessional, utterly derelict in my duty. I freely admit that. I rooted for the Netherlands to beat the Dominican Republic in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park. It didn't happen.

World Baseball Classic Dominican Republic vs. Netherlands


I'm supposed to be impartial because I'm a sports journalist. The heck with that. I rooted like nobody's business, rooted shamelessly. It was a completely new feeling for me, this ardent love of a team. And it felt good.

You want to know why I rooted?

It's all about the little guy.

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