Note: Bulldog is really enjoying posting this one on the first full day of the 2016 Olympic Games.
Being the hard-core softball fan that I am, it was good news that the International Olympic Committee had decided to bring back softball and baseball to the Olympics. Back in 2005, the IOC voted to scratch these two quintessentially-American sports; that took effect for the 2012 games. It’s awfully good to see that mistake remedied; when fans all over the world watch their teams swing away in the 2020 Tokyo games, it will be the first time since 2008. In baseball, South Korea took the gold that time around, edging the Cuban team 3-2. The US came away with bronze by beating team Japan 8-4.
On the softball diamond, Japan took gold, besting Team USA 3-1. Earning silver was, no doubt, a huge disappointment for the Americans, especially since there was no hope of redemption in the 2012 games. The contest coming in four years in Japan should be memorable, to say the least. By the way, the Aussies came away with bronze in those last Olympics before the plug was pulled; no need to google it!
I’m going back to watching the last few minutes of a Beach Volleyball contest airing right now; it’s the USA vs. Australia. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Details about the IOC decision to put softball and baseball back in are here.
Photo credit Benjamin Lawrence Basile
April 30, 2016 Rollins Tars vs University of Tampa Spartans