Well the rosters have been announced. And in listening to Buck Martinez talk, I wonder about the US teams chances. Or more specifically about his ability to lead the team.
Some of the gems Martinez has said (all quotes are paraphrases, but I swear he has said all of these):
"We are still looking to fill some spots. This is going to be a difficult tournament and the difference may come down to speed and defense." - Um, yeah. A team with a lineup of Damon, Jeter, Derek Lee, Bonds, Tex, Chipper Jones, Varitek, Lance Berkman and a pitching staff of Halladay, Hudson, etc etc sure is likely to need to play some small ball to win. NOT.
On Leiter being on the roster: "Leiter has a lot of experience and is a nice contrast to some of the power arms we have on the roster. He is doing a lot of things similar to what Dontrelle Willis is doing." Are you kidding me.
On playing time: "Everyone knows major league (position) players are not able to play 9 innings on or around March 7."
Yes, he is our leader.