The world of Major League Baseball enjoyed a slice of a different sport yesterday as the USA drew 2-2 with Portugal at the World Cup in Brazil.
In Los Angeles, while the LA Angels were preparing to take on the Texas Rangers, the stadium broadcast America’s game against Portugal which had fans and players jumping in excitement around Angel Stadium.
Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun was shown hitting the ground with his bat in frustration when America conceded a last-minute equaliser against Portugal. A win would have guaranteed the US qualification for the next round before their final game against Germany.
According to MLB.com the World Cup is a huge hit with all the MLB teams and is being shown in all the clubhouses and dugouts both before and during their baseball games.
Meanwhile St Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright painted his face red, white and blue prior to the game on Sunday to support his countrymen in Brazil.
“Besides our game, it’s the biggest game of the day. All these other people from these other countries are getting fired up, painting their face and wearing flags.
“It’s time for the United States to stand up and be patriotic, too.”
If there is one thing America knows how to do best, it is being patriotic.
WORLD CUP FEVER
Scores of MLB fans were chanting ‘USA! USA!’ at ballparks across the States during the game against Portugal.
In Arizona, Diamondbacks pitch Josh Collmenter has gone one step further by hanging a USA banner on his locker.
He joined the thousands of fans who watched USA’s opening match at Chase Field. America’s 2-1 victory over Ghana last week was shown both in the D-backs clubhouse and on a huge video screen in centre field.
Collmenter joked about the atmosphere within the D-backs clubhouse.
“Oliver Perez, being from Mexico, was on the Mexican side and a lot of the other Latin guys that don’t have a country in the tournament – because most of the them are from Venezuela and they are not at the World Cup – so they are kind of picking sides.”
With the tournament approaching the knockout stages the atmosphere and intensity will crank up even higher, especially if the USA progress to the last 16 with a positive result against Germany on Thursday.
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