There is only one place left for the semifinals in this edition of the World Baseball Classic, which will be played between the United States and Venezuela in a high-voltage duel this Saturday.
Team USA manager Mark DeRosa knows this will not be an easy game for his team. Given this, the strategist in statements for "El extra base" assured that he had a lot of respect for the Venezuelan players.
“I have a lot of respect for those players. José Altuve is one of the most incredible hitters I have ever seen. Ronald Acuna, I have lived in Atlanta for the last 25 years and he is a super star,” he stated.
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The North American stressed that he also has a lot of respect for what he has seen recently from the Venezuelan starter Martín Pérez.
DeRosa hopes that the meeting at LoanDepot Park in Miami will have a very good atmosphere, at the same time that he recalled his time in Venezuelan baseball.
"I think there's going to be a great atmosphere in Miami, and it's going to be a great game for everyone."
“The atmosphere in those stadiums (Venezuela) is crazy and I know this game will be like that too. This will be like a Caracas-Magallanes on steroids, ”he concluded.