Team USA is back in the World Baseball Classic final, looking to repeat as champions. A major reason why is Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner.
Turner smacked two home runs in the Semifinal against Cuba, bringing his home run total for the tournament to four. The Americans put in a demolition job, beating the Cubans 14-2 in Miami.
After the game, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman and reigning NL MVP Paul Goldschmidt spoke with MLB reporter Jon Morosi. Goldschmidt revealed his hilarious message to Turner after his second home run. “Quit showing us up,” the Cardinals star said.
Goldschmidt also homered for Team USA in the game. In fact, his two-run shot in the bottom of the first put the Americans in the lead, and they didn't look back.
“That was one of my favorite home runs I've ever hit in my entire life,” Goldschmidt said after the game. “We've talked about trying to score early. For me, I was very happy to be able to do that. You want to contribute on this team.”
Team USA now have to wait for the other Semifinal matchup to find out their opponent in the final. The Americans will either face Team Mexico or Team Japan on Tuesday. Japan and Mexico play on Monday at 7 PM ET at loanDepot Park in Miami.
If Team USA goes on to win the World Baseball Classic, they would be just the second team to win back-to-back Classics. The first team to achieve that impressive feat is actually Japan, who did it in 2006 and 2009.