The Netherlands Team faced Team Panama in the second meeting between the two teams of the World Baseball Classic (WBC). The fans were treated to a unique celebration by the Dutch team as they replicated soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo’s world famous ‘Sui’ celebration after Jurickson Profar hit a solo home run.
Both Panama and the Netherlands have had a bright start to their WBC campaign, having won their first game. The Netherlands triumphed over a strong Cuban team 4-2 while Panama had a resounding 12-5 victory against local team Chinese Taipei. Something had to give in this matchup as both teams look to keep their unbeaten record alive.
The Netherlands team was the first to come out of the blocks, scoring their first run in the third. Jurickson Profar hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to extend their lead to 2-0. As he completed his run around the plate, he celebrated with the entire bench doing the ‘Sui’ celebration in unison.
The Ronaldo celebration is probably the most popular celebration in world sports with a far-reaching audience, even gaining recognition in North American sports. Fans were elated to see the celebration as they voiced their opinions on Twitter:
Fans also praised the quality of baseball on display at the tournament, as teams from around the world enter the contest to be crowned world baseball champions:
The Netherlands team is the main favorite to win Group A in Taiwan
with your strongest completed accessory On their first day of play against Cuba, the Netherlands will be looking to continue their current form. They are up 3-1 against Panama in the top of the ninth at the time of writing. the dutch squad includes players from country of origin and its constituent islands.
Barring surprises in their last two matches against Italy and Chinese Taipei, the Dutch are surely on their way to repeating the success of previous editions of the tournament, where their best result was reaching the semifinals. The Netherlands team will look to take two steps better and complete their quest for their first WBC championship.