Pan-American Games open thread
Since EMU has two athletes in the Pan-American Games, I thought an open thread would be appropriate today.
Former EMU pitcher Matt Shoemaker, now a minor-leaguer in the LA Angels’ organization, is on the roster for the USA baseball team. Yesterday Team USA opened play by crushing the Dominican Republic 20-2 in a game that was called in the eighth inning under the international 10-run mercy rule. They continue play with an 11 AM game today against Panama, and conclude the first round Saturday night at 8 PM against Mexico. Roster information is limited, so there’s no telling if or when Shoemaker will actually get to play.
Current EMU senior Tavelyn James is on the roster for the USA women’s basketball team, and as we’ve mentioned before, she is the first current MAC athlete in any sport to play in the Pan-American Games. They start play this afternoon at 2 PM against Argentina, then face Puerto Rico at 6:30 PM Saturday, and finish the first round with a 9 PM Sunday match against Mexico. Again, I can find no information about expected starters, or the rotation, so I don’t know whether or how much James will play.
The Pan-American Games, or some parts of them, are being shown on ESPN3. Unfortunately, they don’t indicate what sport or teams are being shown (perhaps it’s just general coverage). In any event, use this as an open thread to discuss the Games, Shoemaker, James, or anything else you feel like talking about today!