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Eye Witness Account: Game 7 of DWL Series Final

The Dominican Winter League series final ended yesterday with the Aguilas Cibaeñas taking the championship in 8 games, with a 2-1 victory over the Licey Tigres.  I had a chance to go to game 7, where the Tigres managed to hang on for a 5-4 victory to extend the series to game 8.  Here are a few observations:

  1.  On the way to the ballpark there was a man lying dead in the street amidst the traffic jam.  Not sure what happened but there was blood.  
  2.  EdE has cooled down considerably after his 3 homerun 10 rbi tear in games one and two.  In game 7, he went 1 for 3 with 2 walks and a run scored.  He, however, was not very "clutch," grounding into a fielder's choice with one out and the winning run on second in the top of the eighth.  Rafael Furcal went into second hard to prevent the double play.  
  3.  Whistles, horns, and flags make baseball a different animal.  The crowd goes nuts with every play.  They were playing in Santo Domingo at the Tigres home stadium, and it seemed to me that a third of the fans were waving blue Tigres flags, a third were waving yellow Aguilas flags, and a third had both flags and would wave them according to which team it was appropriate to support in the moment.  My left ear still hurts from all of the bulla (noise) and deafening sound system blasting meringue songs about rooting for the Tigres.
  4.  The Tigre's dance squad wears less and generally dances more provocatively than Red's.
  5.  The Tigre's mascot is on par with Philly fanatic.  He has a nice gut that he flops around as he eggs on the crowd.
  6.  Rafael Furcal laid down what a friend I was with named "the prettiest bunt he had ever seen." With a runner on first and no outs in the eighth inning he squared to bunt and then made a perfect half swing to slap the ball down the third base line past the charging third baseman.
  7. Jose Guillen looked terrible.  He was overanxious at the plate and struck out twice on really bad pitches.  Miguel Tejada did not look so hot either.  
  8.  There was a D'Angelo Jimenez sighting. With runners and second and third and one out in the eight inning, he pinch hit for the Tigres, fell behind in the count but then drew a walk.  That is to say, he drew a non-intentional intentional walk after he realized that swinging at balls was not going to get him very far.  He also pinch hit in game 8, making the last out of the game with the tying runner on third.
  9.  Erik Aybar is one "slick fielding" shortstop.
  10.  All and all it was a fun night.  The game lasted 4 hours, mostly due to the LaRussa like pitching changes that occurred in all of the tense innings, but overall it was a very exciting game.
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