USA vs. Puerto Rico final score: United States wins 2017 World Baseball Classic

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It took four tries, but the United States finally won one of these things. Behind a dominant pitching performance by Marcus Stroman, and following a home run by Ian Kinsler, the USA shut out Puerto Rico 8-0 in the championship game Wednesday in Los Angeles.

Authentic Womens Kyle Van Noy Jersey It marked the USA’s first appearance in the tournament finals, and they’re the third country to win in the tournament’s four editions. They beat both former champions along the way — Japan in the semifinals and the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals.

Smith is a rank hot-take amateur used to pitching softballs of molten steel compared to Ball, who tosses takes the size of the sun like a medicine ball and all you do is get out of the way. Listen carefully as Smith can only offer a whimper as he begs Would you stop it? He knows this is no Skip Bayless, and he is at the altar of hot-take greatness.

Shoot, LaVar even renamed Los Angeles while he was there:

LaVar Ball on First Take: You know what LA stands for? LaVar’s Awesome. I am dead.

Nobody has developed a better brand in the last three months that LaVar Ball. The man has gone from total obscurity to being a part of the sports lexicon just as quickly as the Ice Bucket Challenge or planking did. Let’s check the head-to-head on popularity:

You know this means LaVar is getting his own studio show soon — and you know what, we’re all for it. There’s room in the sports landscape to take the hot-take show so far that it becomes absurdist theater. We all need it.