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03/20/2013 05:38 pm ET | Updated May 20, 2013

Baseball Invented In USA But the Caribbean Is Where the Champs Reside

The Dominican Republic defeated its top baseball rival, Puerto Rico in this third World Baseball Classic by a score of 3-0. The Dominican team had an All-Star lineup and was expected to make it to the finals with odds of winning this world tournament. Dominican Republic was the first team to be undefeated in this world classic tournament.

However, the big surprise of this tournament was their chief rival, Puerto Rico who was not expected to advance from the first round in San Juan. Puerto Rico was the underdog in San Juan, yet beat Venezuela to advance to the second round. In Miami they were the underdog and defeated the USA team to advance to the semi-finals in San Francisco. Again they were the underdog when they played Japan the defending two-time world champions and again surprised the baseball world by winning that encounter and moving on to the finals against their sister island Dominican Republic.

Puerto Rico had only three hits, but had several opportunities to score. However, the Dominican pitchers were too much for a team that lacked power hitters.

Back in the late 1800's the great Caribbean leaders, Jose Martí, Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Ramón Emeterio Betances, Gregorio Luperón and José De Diego had planned to defeat Spain and unite Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba into one country called La Confederación Antillana. Unfortunately, the U.S. intervened and went to war against Spain who they easily defeated. We all know what happened to the three island nations after that.

Yesterday these great Caribbean leaders were looking down on this baseball game in San Francisco and must have been smiling knowing that for a few hours two of those islands had the attention of the world in a game that though invented in the USA is dominated by the Caribbean.

Read more on the Caribbean Series at: SOURCE