March 16th in baseball history: Mexico shocks USA
Submitted by BTGrimes on Mon, 03/16/2015 - 11:00am
Beat at your own game
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, Johnny Damon and Vernon Wells on the U-S team Mexico beat the Americans 2-1 in Anaheim.
Roger Clemens took the loss. 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 2006 Classic.