U.S. Roster, if Not the Country, Starts to Catch W.B.C. Fever

The scene served as a reminder that while the boisterous Dominicans and Puerto Ricans, plucky Team Israel and some scintillating games have garnered much of the attention, the Gutty Little Americans may yet have a voice in this tournament. The United States has advanced as far as the semifinals only once, in 2009, in three tries.

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Eric Hosmer, right, celebrated with Christian Yelich after hitting a two-run home run in the United States’ three-run eighth inning.

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“The guys that are here, we want to win,” third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “That’s why we’re here.”

If the World Baseball Classic has become appointment viewing in some quarters of the baseball world, interest in the United States has been tepid. Members of the Spanish-language news media have far outnumbered their English-language counterparts here, and Jones noted that when he went to lunch with his wife, they overheard people wondering just what the tournament was all about.

“If you’re not watching MLB Network, you have no…

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