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Adam Wainwright has World Cup fever

Jun 22, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright showed up in the Cardinals’ clubhouse Sunday morning with a USMNT shirt and an American flag painted across his face. Via Joe Trezza of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

USA plays Portugal in Brazil this evening at 6 p.m. ET and can advance to the Round of 16 with a win.

Wainwright made his first start since being diagnosed with right elbow tendinitis on Saturday against the Phillies. He was dominant, fanning seven batters without issuing a walk over eight innings of one-run ball.

  1. andreweac - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    80 grade tWtW by Adam. Impressive.

  2. renaado - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Well, we gotta support our national team no matter what the sport is…

    I still remember the time when team Philippines was qualified and takes on Thailand last 2012 at the AFC… I think… Me and my guys were yellin our lungs out not knowin what those plays are…

    And yep, we lost.

    • aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Uhhhhh… Ren? Since when do we give a flying fish about soccer???

      • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        You should always give a flying fish about soccer!

      • aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        Yeah! Free flying fish for EVERYONE!!

  3. aphillieated - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    USA! USA! USA! USA!

  4. aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    /sigh

    If only Americans were this enthusiastic when it comes to the World Baseball Classic.

    Once again…

    /sigh…

    • jwbiii - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      The WBC is a distraction to baseball players. The World Cup is the ultimate goal for futbol players.

      • renaado - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Many people internationally are startin to love the WBC though, even us. Even South Korea, a country where football is popular a long time ago, is now probably a Baseball country cause of the WBC’s influence, in terms of fan attendance Baseball clearly has the highest.

    • paperlions - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Fan’s enthusiasm is directly proportional to player enthusiasm.

      US players don’t really care and they don’t really have a reason to care. The best baseball is played in MLB, spring training has just started and guys aren’t in top form. They are worried about the upcoming long grueling MLB season, not a few games put on as a money grab by MLB. If the format was different (in baseball, 1 game decides nothing, the Astros could win the WBC in that format) and the timing was better, players and fans might care.

      • aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        If US players doesn’t care then why create it in the first place and have it played there on American soil?

        What time would be appropriate then where fans might care?

        Can’t they just treat this WBC as a “spring training” game if that would make them feel better?

      • paperlions - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        MLB, not the players, created it, you think they are going to hold it somewhere else.

        Like I said, MLB started it to try to make money, not to try to determine which country has the best team….they figured “why let the Olympics make money off of people that aren’t being paid to play when we can do it?”….and they created the WBC.

      • aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

        Money???

        Isn’t the MLB too rich for that now already? Clearly it was created for globalizing the game of baseball, and they sure do made one heck of a nice job on doing it.

      • paperlions - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:44 PM

        Do you know any rich people?

        There is no such thing as a rich organization that doesn’t try to make even more money.

        There isn’t any evidence whatsoever that the few games of the WBC has had any effect on baseball popularity anywhere. Baseball was already popular or growing in countries that appear in the WBC….and some of those countries are so talent-poor that much or most of their roster are American players more than 1 generation removed from immigration.

      • aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Yeah, indeed it was growing, ever since the time when Team Phil. made the call in that tournament last year. Even though were a Basketball country, Baseballs popularity was clearly on the rise because of the WBC and many young kids are now participating in playing it.

        I only knew Baseball back in 2011 when my fellow Ren here introduced me to it, and haven’t gained an interest in the sport till the 3rd edition of the WBC came that is… So it really pains me alot if they’re just doing this for money… I just can’t believe it, it’s hard to believe it.

        /yawn…

        Getting sleepy now, may we debate another day. And give free flying fish cause I’m going to bed.

        Please someone kick the commissioners ass if your saying is real while I’m out.

      • papichulo55 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        So, the USA lost in the WBC because it wasnt important to the players? Sounds like the classic loser rationalisation. Many of the Dominican players, who considered it an honor and privilege to play for their country, also have big, lucrative MLB contracts, and have the same training and scheduling issues as the American MLB players. I was ashamed that the Americans looked for excuses not to compete. Un-American, no matter how you look at it.

      • paperlions - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        US players are in early ST form when the WBC is played….and no, many don’t care. Many of the best US players opt not to play in the tournament.

        Really, who does care? The reason the games are played where they are is because they can draw fans that are in FL or AZ for spring training, most of those fans only go to the WBC because it is convenient. The games played in Asia last time were played in nearly empty stadiums.

        Almost no one cares about the WBC or the result of it. All I care about is that players on the team I root for don’t get hurt.

    • renaado - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Just be glad the WBC’s popularity is on the rise Achaela…

      • aresachaela - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Yeah yeah, whatevs, one free flying fish for you too.
        XD XD XD

      • paperlions - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        It is?

        Attendance for WBC games in Asia that didn’t include the home country: 4003, 3123, 3110, 1085, 1481, and 1113 .

        Of 6 games played in Puerto Rico, only 2 were sold out (and the stadium only holds 18K people).

        Games Arizona drew 4478, and 5140. US-Mexico drew over 44K, no other game drew even than 23K.

        Second round games drew better, but there wasn’t a single sell out. Even the final game was not sold out.

      • paperlions - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        2009 attendance was actually much better than in 2013

      • renaado - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Attendance alone doesn’t determine anythng, what you said about the WBC attendance last year was lower than 2009 which is correct… TV ratings too is also a factor of it’s popularity.

        The start of the WBC 2013 in Japan which was held in Fukuoka has low attendance… But TV rating are clearly high.

  5. historiophiliac - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Oranje!

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      Robin Van Persie fan? Lol

  6. Old Gator - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Backandforthandbackandforthandbackandforthball? Yawn. Is “World Cup Fever” some local euphemism for sleeping sickness?

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