COHN: A defeat for underdogs everywhere

  • Netherlands first baseman Curt Smith runs down Dominican Republic baserunner Hanley Ramirez as he tries to get to second base during their World Baseball Classic semifinal game in San Francisco on Monday, March 18, 2013.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

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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