Did nationalism cost Korea the WBC title against Japan?

Printer-friendly versionThe buzz making the rounds in the baseball world following Korea's 10th inning loss to Japan in the WBC, is whether Korean nationalism superceded sound baseball strategy.Purely from a baseball perspective Korea's approach in pitching to Ichiro Suzuki, one of the worlds premiere hitters, looked a bit, well, either naive or nationalistic. Like a manager more concerned with losing face than losing

 

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