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Amster-Damming Loss: Dutch Ain’t Much More Than a Bunch of Phonies Vs. Japan

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The outfield wall in the Tokyo Dome could really use some restoration.

Final Score: Japan 16, Netherlands 4.

World Baseball Conflict of the Game: Japanese enslavement of the Dutch people during World War II.

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Japan went through a rough patch during World War II, in terms of having their people sent to POW and internment camps, and whatnot. But in the grand scheme of it all, the universe always seems to even things out. And what better way to say I’m sorry to Japan for having your people enslaved, than for the universe to give them the chance to enslave groups of people as well.

While the Koreans were enslaved in the millions, they were embarrassed early on in the World Baseball Classic so lets ignore that horrible human rights violation. Instead, lets look at the much smaller case of how Japan enslaved settlers in the Dutch colony of Indonesia. Only 40,000 Dutch settlers were captured as opposed to the many more Koreans, which is ironic considering the phrase “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much.”

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We Won on the Schoop Jon B: Aussies Can’t Come Through in Clutch vs. Dutch

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The WBC is serving as a test run for some potential new rules. Like instant replay, and this.

Final Score: Netherlands 4, Australia 1.

World Baseball Conflict of the Game: Australia tattling on the Netherlands during the Indonesian National Revolution, but not really doing anything all that impressive to get in their way.

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In 1945, Indonesia declared its independence from the Netherlands and began a revolution. Backed by the United Kingdom and some allies, the Netherlands looked like they would be difficult to beat. They just had too potent a rotation to be outgunned.

But in the end, while not completely run out of town, the Dutch were removed from their complete dominance of the region. But that’s not the thing to focus on for this story. No, the thing to focus on is how the UK stopped supporting the Netherlands and Australia tattled on them for “violating the peace” and whatnot. An excuse which the Aussies decided to use again today.

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