If Mexico does not beat Japan tonight, the US could be out of the Classic after losing last night to Korea, 7-3. The only player who seems to have brought his bat is Griffey, who went 3-4 last night with a solo homer and a 2 RBI single and is hitting .588 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in the tournament so far. Jeter is doing pretty well, too, hitting .563.
Another reason to root against Japan is that they are still whining about the bad call made the other night by home plate umpire Bob Davidson. Now they are saying they want more international umpires in the next Classic, whereas they had specifically requested US umpires before this one. Talk about sore losers. The umpire did not make the call because he wanted the US to win. I don't know how the umpires are in Japan, but in the US, we don't do that. If you really thought you should have won that game, Japan, your pitcher shouldn't have loaded the bases up in the bottom of the ninth and given up the hit to A-Rod. Wah.