USA 1, Mexico 0 (bottom of the 4th)

Derek Lee just hit an opposite field solo HR off the Orioles’ Rodrigo Lopez to give the USA an early lead. Buck Martinez was interviewed a minute ago, and was asked about the task of getting his superstar lineup to play as a team.

Mexico manager Paquin Estrada has an equally daunting challenge in front of him during the WBC; a) make sure that Karim Garcia isn’t arrested by police looking for Tom Sizemore, b) resist the temptation to pound the living fuck out of Rick Suttcliffe with a bat, fungo or regulation.

Actually, everyone involved in the tourney has to work on “b”. Players, fans, broadcasters, stadium employees, etc.