The 2013 WBC nearly gave fans of Team USA—a dream team of sorts—a nightmare instead.
Team USA certainly had fans chomping down their fingernails before rallying with seven runs in the final two innings in their game against Canada on Sunday afternoon.
Facing elimination and a 3-2 deficit after seven innings, Team USA's offense finally came to life, the big blow coming when center fielder Adam Jones delivered a two-run double to give the USA a 4-3 lead. In the ninth, first baseman Eric Hosmer delivered the knockout blow with a bases-clearing double to put the game away.
The late offense was certainly the key for the Americans. However, the position they put themselves in early on in the tournament couldn't help but make one wonder—what could Team USA have been like if the sport's greatest stars actually competed?
In 1992, the U.S. put together the original Dream Team, a star-studded basketball team made up of the NBA's biggest stars at the time. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley were just some of the names on that team. Together, they crushed their opponents by an average of over 40 points per game on their way to a gold medal.
Think for a second what a dream team could look like when assembling the best baseball players for Team USA.
Here is a look at how that team might look.
Note: The USA dream team will be a 25-man roster rather than the 28-man roster currently in place for the WBC.