1st-2-3rd: Reasons to watch the WBC

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With the World Baseball Classic kicking off on March 5th it is time to get ready for some baseball.  I think the WBC is a good idea with a horrible plan.  Don't play it in March when guys are trying to build up arm strength and work on timing.  That only causes guys to get hurt and the Cubs to again to be out of contention by July.  But since they are going to play the games I figure I will give you some reason to watch each team.

Australia - Yvonne Strahovski

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The hot piece of Ausie stars in the NBC show Chuck as a CIA agent who is the bodyguard/girlfriend of the main character.  Its actually a pretty good show and worth a Tivo to get a shot of Yvonne.

Players you may have heard of:  Grant Balfour (looks like he is going to skip out) Chris Snelling

Canada - Elisha Cuthbert


Photo Courtesy of: http://www.elishafan.com/

I didn't realize how many good looking actresses came from Canada but I decided to settle on Elisha.  I havn't seen her in anything lately but you can't argue with her role as the porn star next door neighbor.

Players you may have heard of: Jeff Francis, Eric Gagne, Russell Martin, Justin Morneau, Joey Votto, Jason Bay, Matt Stairs (player who looks most like Sako), Mark Teahan

China - Kelly Hu

Photo Courtesy of: http://kellyhu.com/

Kelly was the girl in the Scorpion King and has been in a ton of magazines including Maxim.  She may not have been born in China but have you seen the rules to play on a team in the WBC?

Players you might know:  I couldn't find any. 

Taiwan - Qu Shu


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I actually have no idea who this is but I guess she is in the Transporter.  Any help with this one would be helpful.

Players you may know:  Again couldn't find any I knew sorry.

Cuba - Eva Mendes

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Quite possibly the most attractive girl in the world right now.  Sorry Heidi Klum.  She starred in movies such as Hitch and Training day but really when you look like that who cares what movies you have been in.

Players you may know:  None now but wait till the tournament is over.

Dominican Republic - Dania Ramirez

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Dania is in the NBC show Heroes I'm told but I havn't seen it yet.  I do agree with the concept of Saving the Cheerleader though.

Players you may know:  Edison Volquez, Johnny Cueto, Carlos Marmol (decided not to play), Miguel Olivo, Robinson Cano, Aramis Ramirez, ARoid, Alfonso Soriano

Italy - Amy Adams

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This actress seems like she is nominated for an Academy Award every year but who knew she was born in Italy.

Players you may know:  Frank Catalanotto, Jason Grilli, Nick Punto, Chris Denorfia

Japan - Carrie Ann Inaba

Photo Courtesy of: http://carrieanninaba.tv/

Carrie Ann is one of the Judges on the ABC show Dancing with the Stars.  She was born in Hawaii but spent a few years in Japan and sticking by MLB's strict rules she qualifies for the team.

Players you may know:  Daisuke Matsuzaka, Hideki Okajima, Kenji Johjima, Akinori Iwamura, Kosuke Fukudome, Ichiro

Korea - Yunjin Kim

Photo Courtesy of: http://actressarchives.com/yunjin

If I could be Lost on a deserted island with one girl...wait this island is strange...I'm so confused...

Players you may know: Byung-Hyun Kim

Mexico - Salma Hayek

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.salmahayek.net/ 

If you don't know who Salma is at this point you should probably just stop reading this.  Seriously.

Players you may know: Matt Garza, Oliver Perez, Joakim Soria, Rod Barajas, Adrian Gonzalez, Augie Ojeda

Netherlands - Famke Janssen

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.famkejanssen.net/

A bond girl and an X-men.  Can't get any better than that combo.

Players you may know:  Jair Jurrjens, Rick vandenHurk

Panama - Jordana Brewster

Photo Courtesy of: http://jordana-brewster.org/

I couldn't believe it but she actually was born in Panama City, Panama. 

Players you may know:  Manny Acosta, Manuel Corpas, Carlos Ruiz, Carlos Lee

Puerto Rico - Roselyn Sanchez

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Roselyn is on the show Without a Trace right now but her best role must have been in Rush Hour 2.  Very impressive.

Players you may know:  Joel Pineiro, Ian Snell, Geovany Soto, Carlos Delgado, Felipe Lopez, Carlos Beltran, Alex Rios

South Africa - Charlize Theron

Photo Courtesy of: http://charlizeonline.com/

I totally fell in love with Charlize in the Devils Advocate.  Then she went out and won herself and Academy Award so she has the talent to go with the looks.

Players you may know:  Not a one...just stick to Charlize.

USA - Megan Fox


No question.

Players you may know:  Too many to list check www.worldbaseballclassic.com

Venezuela - Patricia Velasquez

Photo Courtesy of: http://www.patriciavelasquez.com

She was the star of the Mummy and Mummy Returns movies.

Players you may know:  Fransisco Rodriguez, Johan Santana, Carlos Zambrano, Dioner Navarro, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Guillen, Bobby Abreu, Magglio Ordonez.

Hopefully that gives you an idea of who to root for in this years World Baseball Classic.  Its actually pretty cool and you get see some baseball that sort of matters early in the year. 

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