Unbeknownst to you, the 2016 Women's Baseball World Cup is underway in South Korea. And no, neither “women” nor “baseball” are typos there. These gals are playing overhand, hard-ass shit.
The biennial tournament, founded in 2004, has featured just two winners in its 12-year history: Japan and the United States, with the U.S. winning the first two World Cups, while Japan has cleaned up ever since. The land of the rising sun figures to dominate this year’s field (12 countries
) once again, having already breezed through the first round with a 3-0 record. Japan and Venezuela were the only teams to enter the second round (Sept. 7-10) undefeated. The States, however, have already been eliminated after dropping the ball (literally
) in a 10-2, first-round loss to Australia. In any case, the Japanese will probably hoist their fifth-consecutive World Cup title by tournament’s end this weekend (Sept. 11).
Not only have the women been killing it, but Japanese men have also mastered baseball ass-kickery, having won two of the three World Baseball Classics
played to date. Sorry baseball purists, but America’s pastime is now officially Japan’s present time.