Israel, the 41st ranked team in the World Baseball Classic, defeated Cuba this morning.
They failed to qualify for the World Baseball Classic in 2012 and it took a miracle for them to qualify for this year’s tournament. Israel is the only team without any current major league players on their team.
They have defeated South Korea (ranked #3), Taiwan (ranked #4), Cuba (ranked #5), and the Netherlands (ranked #9).
They even managed to squeeze in a megilla reading in honor of Purim!
Before they beat Cuba in the World Baseball Classic, Team Israel took the time to celebrate Purim with their mascot Mensch on the Bench: pic.twitter.com/wBEG57GXcq
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) March 12, 2017
The world is noticing. And the comments are hilarious:
Next up for Team Israel is the Netherlands (ranked #9) at 6AM EDT tomorrow morning and then on Wednesday at 6AM EDT they’ll face off against Japan, the number 1 ranked team.
The odds of them winning the World Baseball Classic were set at 200:1, so I’m not expecting them to go all the way. But then again the Cavs came back from 3-1, the small market Indians shocked everyone by taking the Cubs into extra innings of game 7 in the World Series, and the Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to win the Superbowl in overtime.
I guess the only question is how many Starpoints will it cost to throw out the first pitch of the World Baseball Classic’s championship game between Israel and the United States 😀