SAN FRANCISCO -- Hensley Meulens was back in his element Saturday: at AT&T Park, wearing orange and black and trying to guide an underdog team to a baseball championship.
Meulens is even seeing the same chemistry with Team Netherlands that he saw during the Giants' ride through the World Series.
"It's very similar. The only difference is that Papiamento is being spoken a lot in the clubhouse," said Meulens, the manager of Team Netherlands as well as the Giants' hitting coach.
The Netherlands is one of four teams to advance to the World Baseball Classic championship round here. Semifinal play opens Sunday with Puerto Rico facing Japan at 6 p.m. On Monday, the Netherlands faces the Dominican Republic at 6 p.m.
The title game is Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Team Netherlands, which held a workout at AT&T Park on Saturday, made it to this stage while notable powerhouses such as the United States, Cuba and South Korea did not.
"What you put on paper sometimes doesn't matter," Meulens said. "I'm part of a team here with the Giants that (shows) people we can beat the better teams on paper."
An emphasis of Saturday's workout was getting Profar accustomed to working up the middle
Simmons will bat first and Profar second.
"It's not like he doesn't know these guys," Meulens said. "We work out every winter together on the island. ... (Profar) has done it the last three years or so."
"You mean you never watched me play?" the manager said.
"Too old, man," Profar replied.
Meulens, 45, played in the majors from 1989-93 and '97-98.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.