The Dominican Republic claimed its first World Baseball Classic title in impressive style: going unbeaten throughout the tournament and shutting out Puerto Rico in the final.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double in the first inning, helping the Dominican Republic to a 3-0 win in Tuesday’s final.
“Tomorrow will be a national holiday,” said Moises Alou, the Dominican general manager. “It was a tremendous win.”
Robinson Cano earned MVP honors, Erick Aybar added an RBI double to back winner Samuel Deduno, and the demonstrative Dominican threw his arms into the air in delight after watching a run-saving defensive gem by center fielder Alejandro De Aza in a tough fifth inning.
The Dominican fans didn’t let the Bay Area’s wet weather keep them from dancing in the stands, waving flags and tooting horns. Flags became makeshift ponchos.
The celebrations spread to the Dominican capital, where some 50,000 more supporters gathered to watch on giant televisions inside and outside of Estadio Quisqueya.
Now the Dominicans get their long-awaited fiesta, a party they figured to have in 2009 until the Netherlands spoiled the plan by beating them twice for a stunning first-round exit.