Parting is such sweet sorrow. One day after it eliminated Canada from the Classic, Team Italy is also going home after it lost to Venezuela, 10-1, on Tuesday night.
Team Italy is no stranger to having its back against the wall. After pulling off a stunning upset over the Canadians on Monday, Italy will again resume the role of underdog when it takes on the favored Team Venezuela on Tuesday.
Team Italy eliminated Canada from the World Baseball Classic on Monday by beating the host country, 6-2. The Italians will now face Venezuela on Tuesday night.
The ramifications of Monday's World Baseball Classic tilt at Rogers Centre between Canada and Italy are simple -- the loser will not play again in the tournament, while the winner survives to play another game the following day.
When the members of Team Italy reflect on their 7-0 loss to Venezuela in the opener of the World Baseball Classic at Rogers Centre on Saturday, they'll likely continue to ask themselves one question, over and over: What if?
Brewers right-hander Mark DiFelice and catcher Vinny Rottino have never stepped foot on Italian soil. But they have proudly worn "Italia" across their chests this week while preparing for the nation's World Baseball Classic opener against Venezuela on Saturday night.
With an All-Star roster of Major League talent, Team Venezuela will take on the less experienced Italian squad on Saturday in Game 2 of Pool C in the Toronto portion of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
Though the Mets were held scoreless by Italy for eight innings Thursday, Cory Sullivan's two-run shot and Jeremy Reed's RBI double gave the Mets a 3-2 win.
Valentino Pascucci hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning as Team Italy rallied to tie the Washington Nationals before falling, 9-6, on Tuesday in Viera, Fla.