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March 16th in baseball history-GETTING BEAT AT YOUR OWN GAME

2006 | ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – In a shocker, Mexico eliminated the United States from the first World Baseball Classic on this date in 2006. With the likes of Alex Rodriquez, Roger Clemens,┬áJohnny Damon and Vernon Wells on the U-S team Mexico beat the Americans 2-1 in Anaheim.

Clemens took the loss for the USA. The winning pitcher was Culiacan, Mexico native Oliver Perez, at the time a 5-year major league veteran, but certainly no Roger Clemens.

The United States’ mediocre record was 3 wins and 3 losses. The team had an impressive .337 team batting average and 3.13 ERA in the first round, but slipped in both categories in round two – .242 batting average and 4.32 ERA.

Japan ended up beating Cuba to win the Classic in 2006.

Contributing sources:
The New York Times, March 17, 2006, Anaheim, CA
The New York Times, March 15, 2006, Anaheim, CA
WBC Statistics