That is right. We were accustomed to win every tournament against inferior teams except the USA until professional players arrived. Japan, for instance, has won only the WBC despite taking their top level players to the Olympics. Taipei, Korea, México, Australia, etc have not won anything. They may have finished among the top 3 in one tournament but that is all they have done. The USA has send teams with some ex MLB players and excellent prospects from AAA and AA. Cuba beat a similar USA team in Holland handily. They have won the Olympics in Sydney, the Pre-Olympic tournament in Havana and now. Cuba is always among the top three. Brazil not always wins in soccer. I am not saying Cuba is what Brazil is in soccer. Let’s not forget that the MLB based teams finished out of the top three places during the WBC. Many of these USA players will be playing in the big leagues next season. In fact, many already have played in the big leagues already. If the USA deports all foreign players back to their countries, all these USA players will be playing in the Majors long time ago.
USA manager Davey Johnson did a very good job in the final game unlike the Cuban manager Rey Anglada. He will be fired for sure. He managed the game scared.
Congratulation to the USA team!