Underdog Mexico prevailed in 18 innings to win the Caribbean Series Championship at Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, defeating the Dominican Republic 4 - 3 in a seven-and-a-half-hour ballgame featuring everything you’d expect from such a contest: home runs, bunts, failed bunts, crisp fielding, sloppy fielding, aggressive baserunning, shoddy baserunning, pitching of every variety. It was a glorious way to conclude the Series. Live baseball, lots of it, streaming on my computer from just after 8 p.m. until 3:43 a.m (CT) this morning.
I look forward to the Series every February, its raucous crowds and the fierce national pride of its competitors form my deep winter oasis, a blast of sunshine and ballgames breaking through the hoarfrost and still-short days of the Upper Middle West. It’s a harbinger of the flood of games that will arrive the first week of April and, this year, it was a precursor to the World Baseball Classic in March.
The 2013 Caribbean Series was all the better for the increased interest it received on Twitter and in the blogosphere. Baseball is almost always better when it’s shared. Without question the highlights of the week, for me, were Craig Robinson’s and Eric Nusbaum’s on-location tweets and photos, and their essays and illustrations for Sports on Earth. Hopefully you followed along as the Series unfolded. If you didn’t, the Internet is forever; you can read and see their work via the links below.
Eric Nusbaum and Craig Robinson for Sports on Earth:
Illustration by Craig Robinson