MIAMI – The story of the 2017 World Baseball Classic remains Pangea after the team crushed the Dominican Republic 13-0 today. Featuring the top players from around the world with Pangean heritage, the Pangeans have a roster better than any other team at every position.
“I really don’t think it’s fair, but that’s how the tournament was set up this time,” said U.S. manager Jim Leyland. “They have the best American players, best Dominican, Puerto Rican players, Japanese, they have everyone. There has never been a superteam like this in any sport.”
The World Baseball Classic previously only allowed teams from individual countries, but following the success of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey that included a Team North America and Team Europe, tournament organizers decided to add the globe’s original land mass — and said all players with Pangean heritage were eligible to play for it. All the best Major League players soon agreed to join up on one roster.
“I didn’t really have too much interest in playing in the World Baseball Classic,” said outfielder Mike Trout. “But the opportunity to play on a team this good is one I couldn’t pass up.”
The Angels star said he traces his Pangean heritage back to a trout/land animal hybrid that crawled out of the prehistoric ooze and eventually evolved into a distant ancestor.
Although many have said the Pangeans have an unfair advantage being able to draw from every nation, the players themselves feel good about playing for the team.
“I think it’s narrow-minded to criticize what we’re doing,” said Pangean utility infielder Xander Bogaerts. “This team is a reminder that we all came from the same place, and that if we all work together, we can achieve greatness. Also, it felt super weird for me to play for The Netherlands. I’m from Aruba.”