Josh Zeid stared at the world-class batter 60 feet across from him. He was just one strike away from retiring Dae-Ho Lee and recording the final out to preserve Team Israel’s victory. Lee, the cleanup hitter for Team Korea had hit 31 home runs and knocked 98 RBI’s for the Fukuoka Hawks in 2015. Still, Zeid had no fear. His next pitch got Lee to swing and miss and Team Israel shocked the world.
Heading into the game, Team Korea was the clear favorite. Korea has been one of the more successful teams in World Baseball Classic history, including an appearance in the WBC final in 2009. Currently, there are nine players from Korea in the MLB.