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Puerto Rico Second in the Caribbean Final of the World Baseball Classic

The Caribbean region positions itself as a world power of the ball game with the historic victory of the Dominican Republic [es], which became the first unbeaten team to win a World Baseball Classic [es] when it defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 in the final on the night of 19th March in the city of San Francisco.

However, although Puerto Rico was not victorious, the country played memorably, managing to position itself as the number two team. Against all odds, Puerto Rico made ​​it to the final, knocking out Venezuela, Italy, the United States and Japan, even though it was thought that they would most likely be eliminated early in the event. Both teams faced each other a total of 3 times, with the Dominican Republic winning every time.

Equipos de Puerto Rico y República Dominicana se abrazan luego de la victoria de República Dominicana en el Clásico Mundial del Béisbol.

Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic teams embrace after the Dominican Republic's victory in the World Baseball Classic.

Twitter users congratulated the sister nation, the Dominican Republic, while expressing the deep pride they felt for the Puerto Rican national team, which managed to unite the country, albeit for a short time, and carry it honorably to the final amid difficult and uncertain economic and social times.

@Nellytjiie: Hermoso lo q hico #PuertoRico eso se llama ser un buen Perdedor lindo como felicitaron #RepublicaDominicana #WBC2013pic.twitter.com/0FFY3NZqHz

@Nellytjiie[es]: Beautiful what #PuertoRico did, that's what you call being a good Loser beautiful how they congratulated #RepublicaDominicana [es] #WBC2013pic.twitter.com/0FFY3NZqHz [es]

@valnik18: Felicidades a mis chicos boricuas y a nuestros hermanos dominicanos!! Muy orgullosa de mi pais #TeamPuertoRico#WBC2013#OrgulloBoricua

@valnik18[es]: Congratulations to my Boricuan guys and to our Dominican brothers!! Very proud of my country #TeamPuertoRico[es]#WBC2013[es]#OrgulloBoricua[es]

@hectorxrivera: Felicidades a nuestros hermanos dominicanos por esa victoria! #wbc2013 #worldbaseballclassic#puñeta

@hectorxrivera[es]: Congratulations to our Dominican brothers for that victory! #wbc2013[es] #worldbaseballclassic[es]#puñeta[es]

Edwin Rodríguez and Tony Peña, captains of the Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic teams, respectively, greet each other after the Dominican Republic's victory.

Edwin Rodríguez and Tony Peña, captains of the Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic teams, respectively, greet each other after the Dominican Republic's victory.

@ShellyPR: Ahora es el Clasico Mundial del Caribe!!?? O.o #WBC2013#TeamBoricua

@ShellyPR[es]: Is it the Carribbean World Classic now!!?? O.o #WBC2013[es]#TeamBoricua[es]

@JeromeGarffer: Felicidades #TeamBoricua#WBC13 Contra todos los pronosticos se crecieron como un roble.Dignos de admirar y emular.Segundo mejores del mundo

@JeromeGarffer[es]: Congratulations #TeamBoricua[es]#WBC13[es] Against all odds they have strengthened in the face of adversity like an ox. Worthy of admiration and a model to follow.Second best in the world

@Josemahernandez: Al final del día el mangú y el mofongo vienen de la misma mata. Contento y orgulloso del #TeamBoricua y del #TeamDR#puñeta

@Josemahernandez[es]: At the end of the day the Mangu and the Mofongo come from the same plant. Happy and proud of #TeamBoricua[es] and of #TeamDR[es]#puñeta

@DianaMaria30: Mas orgullosa no podria estar de mi país, de mi equipo que lo dio todo y nos puso en lo alto #TeamBoricua

@DianaMaria30[es]: I could not be more proud of my country, my team gave everything and put us on top #TeamBoricua[es]

@javimole9: Nadie nos esperaba aqui, esten orgullosos hasta donde llegamos. Buena representacion boricua. #TeamBoricua

@javimole9[es]: Nobody expected us to be here, proud of where we have got to. Great Boricua representation #TeamBoricua[es]

@Calle13Oficial: Felicidades a República Dominicana. Orgulloso de que sean nuestros hermanos y muy orgulloso de nuestro equipo Puertorriqueño.

@Calle13Oficial[es]:Congratulations Dominican Republic. Proud that they are our brothers and very proud of our Puerto Rican team.

 

*Photos taken from video. Title page photo taken from the Facebook page of World Baseball Classic.

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