The 2023 World Baseball Classic, the fifth iteration of the international tournament, was an entertaining baseball spectacle. Baseball fans won’t soon forget the – well, we’ll let Jomboy do the talking on these. Jomboy and the team at Jomboy Media did some fantastic work breaking down the action at the World Baseball Classic, resulting in some classic breakdowns. We’ve listed the most popular World Baseball Classic berakdowns below.
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Mexico’s comeback against Puerto Rico in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic is broken down in this video. Facing a 4-2 deficit in the bottom of the seventh, Mexico pressed on with Barnes hustling a double to put runners in scoring positions. Tillis then ties the game with a hit to right field, ultimately leading them to a win. Randy Rosarina seals the victory with a key catch and goes on to celebrate with his signature clap after strikes. Mexico advances to the next round of the tournament.
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In a breakdown of the semifinal game between Team USA and Cuba, it is revealed that despite a difficult start that could have been disastrous, Wayno managed to hold Cuba to one run in the first inning. This was crucial for the team given pitching constraints and the need for outs from every player. Despite potential mishaps, Team USA was able to clean things up and go on to win the game with 14 runs.
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The video breaks down the events leading up to and including Yu Chang’s grand slam during a World Baseball Classic game between the Netherlands and Taiwan. With the bases loaded and two outs, the pitcher threw a fastball that Chang hit over left center field for the grand slam. The crowd and cheerleaders erupted in celebration as Chang celebrated with winks and salutes.
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The video shows the intense reaction of fans during a turning point in the World Baseball Classic game between the USA and Venezuela. The moment showcased is a Venezuelan player’s error, which allowed two runners in scoring position. Fans from both sides react, with Venezuelan fans being disappointed and American fans overjoyed by gaining a run. The clip concludes with Mookie’s hit, which results in the USA getting one run.
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The video breaks down two instances where Kyle Schwarber’s homer off Yu Darvish potentially endangered fans in the crowd. In one instance, a fan almost dropped his daughter while trying to catch the ball, while in the other, a fan almost toppled over the railing, hitting his sternum. The video emphasizes the dangers of being in the front row during a game and encourages fans to stay safe.
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In the World Baseball Classic, Shohei Otani pitches for Team Japan against Team USA with Mike Trout at bat. Using a combination of fastballs and sliders, Otani strikes out Trout with a slider on a 3-2 count, securing the victory for his team. Otani shows good sportsmanship by hugging his catcher after the win.
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This video provides a detailed analysis of Trea Turner’s grand slam hit for Team USA in the quarterfinals of the World Baseball Classic. The video breaks down the pitch sequence that led to Turner’s hit and examines how the pitcher missed the spot they were aiming for. The celebration by the team and coaches after the hit is also described, with Ken Griffey Jr. waiting to congratulate Turner and the team throwing Gatorade on him, which he did not appear to enjoy.
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Jomboy breaks down the specific mechanics of the pitcher’s wind-up, noting that he tucks his glove into the front of his jersey and then reaches back to grab it before starting his wind-up. This allows the pitcher to keep the ball hidden from the batter for a longer amount of time, potentially creating more deception and making it harder for the batter to pick up the pitch. The YouTuber also notes that the pitcher’s hesitation and leg kick during his wind-up add to the deception, making it difficult for the batter to time their swing. Overall, while the technique is unusual, Jomboy concludes that it can be effective in throwing off batters and creating confusion on the field.