"A lot of these guys [on Team Netherlands] grew up together. They played Little League. They played in the Little League World Series together. Now they're playing at a high level as far as the [World Baseball Classic].You see the Dominican, Puerto Rico, Japan -- teams that take a lot of pride in their country. I'm not saying the USA does not, but I don't think you can get a bunch of All-Stars together and all of a sudden let them develop within one or two days. We've had almost a month to get ready for this. That, I think, is one reason why we've been successful."

-- Bert Blyleven, on possible reasons why Team USA did not advance to the championship round.

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