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Patrick - Thanks for the overview.  It is exactly what I saw, and I thought that the Japanese Team doesn't make those mistakes.  I would add to your "people who should be in the lineup" the Orgeron kid from Louisianna Lafayette, but Ken loves his quick people at the top of the lineup, and they are both outfielders. Of course I learned long ago that I'm not at the practices and don't know the kids' personalities, so, though I second guess some decisions (I think you hit on all of them), and question the readiness of the team in certain situations, I literally am not in the know about just why those decisions were made.  You and I both know the game, but so do the coaching staff for USA, and they spend every day with the talent. I did not think, despite the win, that this was a particularly good game for USA.  I'm looking for a "cleaner" game vs. Nederland today and through the rest of the tourney.   Frank
PS - I am very impressed with Gibson both offensively and defensively.  Ariotto is steady Eddie and always a longball threat.
Katie is a flat out hitter (sweet technique) and capable of an RBI with people on base, she has had good at bats.  The pitching has been very good but not dominating. This is a good USA Team that has plenty of work to do to become a great team.    

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You can learn from why this became a USA Softball Thread......
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This is in response to the original question of this thread. Yes, I do care a lot! @LMUfan , if the world didn't care, why would all the games that USA has played so far been televised on the ESPN networks??  All your comment did was hurt the dreams of all the girls that play softball. Does the world not care about baseball since it isn't recognized as an Olympic sport?
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This is in response to the original question of this thread. Yes, I do care a lot! @LMUfan , if the world didn't care, why would all the games that USA has played so far been televised on the ESPN networks??  All your comment did was hurt the dreams of all the girls that play softball. Does the world not care about baseball since it isn't recognized as an Olympic sport?


RTR,

Don't be so dramatic.  It's highly unlikely that "all the girls that play softball" saw my post.  Anything I've written hasn't put a dent in any girl's dreams.  If so, it wasn't much of a dream.

Since you asked, I'll answer your questions.  No, the world doesn't care about baseball.  Outside the U.S., Canada and Japan there's probably no country where baseball is important.  It's not an international sport and has no international interest.  There are no international tournaments.

Why does ESPN showing the World Cup?  ESPN shows the World Cup because there's interest in softball in the United States.  There's no relationship between what ESPN shows and what has interest world wide.  ESPN is a U.S. network not a world wide network.

What would be interesting to see is the ratings on ESPN for the WCWS and the World Cup.  I'd be a dollar to donuts that the WCWS had significantly higher ratings.  And, of course, that's why ESPN showed the WCWS in prime time on week nights and the World Cup mostly during the day.

Pat asked if softball wasn't popular world then why do so many countries have a team.  Again I'll have to say that the number of countries that participate in a sport has little to do with its worldwide popularity.  If it did then we must consider Olympics sports such as Archery, synchronize swimming and curling as popular worldwide sports.  Well, at least those sports are popular enough to be kept in the Olympics.
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Is 7 eastern time not late enough? The first game the US played today was at 1 because they had to play 2 games today. If the world didn't care about softball, their wouldn't be any tournaments. And your comment about the world not caring about baseball. Obviously the world must care since most of the best players in the MLB are from outside the US. For example, Jose Bautista( leads the MLB in HRs), Albert Pujols , and the number one overall pick in the MLB draft this year was from Puerto Rico. 
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Is 7 eastern time not late enough? 


That would be 4pm in the center of the softball world.  On a Saturday, the least watched day for prime time.  What time does the U.S. play on Sunday?  In PDT?  10am, on ESPN 2, when most people are in church. Even the X Games get a better time.
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Obviously  it can't be played at prime time everywhere in the US, also I want to know your response to the baseball topic.


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And other teams have to play tomorrow as well. US can't play Brazil the same time AUS is playing the Netherlands.


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