Puerto Rico proud of its ball team

Blue Jays' third base coach, Luis Rivera (right), talking with manager, John Gibbons yesterday, has...

Blue Jays' third base coach, Luis Rivera (right), talking with manager, John Gibbons yesterday, has closely followed Puerto Rico's success in the WBC. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

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Robbie Alomar watched from the El Nuevo Caridad restaurant north of 191st Street in Washington Heights in New York City.

 

Blue Jays third base coach Luis Rivera was in the condo he is renting in Safety Harbour, Fla.

Jays scout Jorge Rivera watched from his house in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

Separated by thousands of miles, a time zone and the Atlantic Ocean, their heart-rates ebbed as one, they worried as one and finally they celebrated as one at the same time.

The Hall of Fame second baseman, the former Montreal Expos shortstop and the area scout were all Puerto Rican proud as their tiny island eliminated Team USA 4-3 Friday night in Miami, advancing to the WBC final in San Francisco.

The knock on Puerto Rico was its inexperienced pitching staff, which consisted of only four arms with major-league experience.

Alomar was in New Jersey for a card signing heading to the restaurant for the game.

“Fans were nervous at times, but we had th


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