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.
Luis Sojo's risky decision to start Carlos Silva rather than young ace Felix Hernandez doomed Venezuela from the start against Korea.
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.
The Koreans' victory over Yu Darvish and Japan is more proof they now are the Far East's premier team.
Sure, they defeated Mexico, but the Cubans will remain in a state of panic until they've reached the WBC's final round.
It's a family affair for Adrian Gonzalez as he leads Team Mexico in its bid for glory at the World Baseball Classic.
Cuba could not handle Daisuke Matsuzaka, and is also having a hard time dealing with Sunday's 6-0 loss against Japan at the World Baseball Classic.
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.
The Netherlands shocked the baseball world by knocking the Dominican Republic out of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans certainly don't believe it actually happened.
Puerto Rico is making a case to be mentioned among the elite teams in this installment of the World Baseball Classic.
The Dominican Republic avoided the embarrassment of a quick exit at the World Baseball Classic by taking out its frustrations on Panama.
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.