I'm back with one of those art-meets-life, meets-blog, meets-dive-bar-with-big-screen-TVs entry.
See, I was at a bar, having an argument with a friend about baseball and, well, now I've brought it to you.
Sunday night I was in Fort Myers, Fla., and had dinner after the Orioles-Red Sox game with a couple sportswriter friends. We were in a pretty cool bar/restaurant called "The Beached Whale" – yeah, there is a fat-sportswriter joke in there somewhere – watching the World Baseball Classic.
And we decided to put together the real U.S. team, not one assembled for convenience. We were looking for the best American-born players in Major League Baseball, regardless whether they're not currently healthy or don't want to play in the event.
One interesting aspect is that an argument can be made that four Philadelphia Phillies should be on the current U.S. team: first baseman Ryan Howard, second baseman Chase Utley, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and pitcher Cole Hamels.
We got stuck on the pitching staff. We probably had 10 legitimate options and could only choose five. My list in alphabetical order: Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, Tim Lincecum, CC Sabathia and Brandon Webb.
That means no Jake Peavy or Dan Haren or Roy Oswalt, for instance.
The toughest part was picking the ace for the WBC final.
Me? I go Sabathia. My buddy went with Halladay, which on second thought, might be the right answer – but I wasn't going to admit I was wrong in the midst of the argument. I am a self-respecting adult male after all.
So what do you think?
Daily Think Special: Who would be the American ace of your WBC team?