Team USA did it! They beat Japan 4-2 in 11 innings to clinch the third seed in the semi-final round in Beijing. The U.S. will play the defending champions, Cuba, tomorrow in the semi-final round. Cuba is 6-1 in the Olympics and the U.S. has a record of 5-2. The unbeaten 7-0 Korea team is the top seed, and will face the fourth seeded 4-3 Japanese team. The two winners of the semi-finals will advance to the finals to play in the gold medal game, and the two semi-finals losers will duke it out in the finals for the bronze.
This should be an exciting finale of Olympic baseball, unless the IOC changes their mind in the future to keep baseball and softball in the olympic games. But unfortunately, the outlook isn't good for the London games in 2012, as the IOC stated that the sports of baseball and softball aren't international enough. They said that they are too American...maybe the sports just aren't European enough to appeal the French lead IOC members! Why not get rid of ping pong or diving...they look too Chinese! Baseball looks pretty international with the strong, pasionate Asian and Latin countries to me, but I must be crazy to disagree with Jacque and the IOC!