March 17th, 2013
Puerto Rico defeated Japan 3-1 in tonight’s Semi Final match up. Both teams drew passionate fans and the Giants’ own Angel Pagan went 2 for 5 for victorious team Puerto Rico. They will return on Tuesday for the Championship game against the winner of tomorrow night’s game between the Netherlands and Dominican Republic.
The final rounds of the World Baseball Classic got off to a great start tonight. A highlight of the pregame festivities was Orlando Cepeda bringing out the first pitch balls to the managers of the last 2 WBC tournaments winners. The Giants on both sides of the Pacific were represented tonight, with Angel Pagan batting lead off for Puerto Rico and Sadaharu Oh throwing out the first pitch. Tomorrow we can look forward to a couple more Giants one the field when BamBam Meulens brings his Netherlands team to AT&T Park to face Santiago Casilla with the Dominican Republic.
As we count down to Opening Day we would like to highlight some of the players and coaches we will be cheering on during the 2013 season. Be sure to check out our 2013 Media Guide for more tidbits about our players and coaches.
2012 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- Appeared in 11 of 16 games during the playoffs, allowing two runs (one earned run) on eight hits in 7.0 innings.
- Led the club with 11 appearances in the postseason.
- Earned the deciding victory in Game 4 of the World Series, as he tossed 0.1 of an inning.
- Santiago’s first gloves were homemade: thick cardboard into which he cut three holes for his ring, middle and index fingers. He received his first real glove in a community giveaway by late Giants shortstop Jose Uribe.
- He is the seventh of 12 children to subsistence farmers. His younger brother Jose is a righthanded relief pitcher in the Giants farm system.
- From the same Dominican town as former Giants’ infielder Juan Uribe, who reached the pros three years before Santiago. Santiago remembers going to Uribe’s house as a child and asking him for baseball socks.