Ichiro showed a different side of himself at the World Baseball Classic, offering up humor and leadership during Japan's title defense.
A pair of familiar foes will play for the WBC title. How familiar? Japan and Korea already have played each other four times in this WBC.
Although Cuba suffered its worst international showing in 50 years, the WBC was the last hurrah and opportunity for veteran pitcher Pedro Lazo.
If Japan can knock of Team USA on Sunday in the WBC semis, it will add an important chapter to its country's baseball history.
Sure, they defeated Mexico, but the Cubans will remain in a state of panic until they've reached the WBC's final round.
The 2009 Cuban team, led by young talent and a potent lineup, might be even better than the 2006 version that advanced to the WBC final.
Baseball might be making a comeback in Puerto Rico -- and might be making an arrival in the Netherlands.
Saturday's stunner in San Juan was the greatest victory in the history of Netherlands baseball, and perhaps one of the worst losses ever for the Dominican Republic.
Pedro Martinez is one of several former stars who find themselves in a tryout of sorts while at the Puerto Rico bracket of the World Baseball Classic.
Four-time World Series champ Bernie Williams, at 40 years old, has put down his guitar and picked up his glove to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.