Italianís espresso machine a hit at World Baseball Classic..

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Italyís dugout at the World Baseball Classic comes outfitted with an espresso machine. And itís getting lots of attention. ďWe are kind of shocked, actually, because this is something in Italian culture thatís sort of like water. I mean, coffee would be right after water,Ē Italy manager Mike Piazza said.

Piazza said he was content with the Nespresso machine in the dugout, but dissatisfied the coffee was being served in a paper cup and not a ceramic one. ďI donít like espresso out of a paper cup. Itís kind of sacrilege,Ē Piazza said. ďBut when itís the only option you have, you have to deal with it. Maybe next time weíll bring the metallic machine with the copper eagle on the top and someone in there knocking espressos out. You have to make the most with the tools you have.Ē

Andre Marcon, the president of the Italian Baseball Federation, said he was content with the exposure Italian baseball was getting ó even for its coffee habits.


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