Well, I for one, quite enjoyed watching the games during the World Baseball Classic. At the same time, however, I felt like I was the only one. Very few of my friends commented on it, most people seem to think it was a waste of time and could care less.
The ‘commentators’ on ESPN did little to improve things. While there was some really exciting ballgames going on, they seemed to spend most of the time whining about how to make the competition better, which mainly had to do with the US team of course.
Meanwhile, Japan and South Korea both showed the world how to play the game with a great deal of spirit, bravery, enthusiasm and some incredibly precise fielding, as Joe Morgan whined on and on about how the WBC interferes too much with Spring Training, blah blah blah.
So here’s a thought: next time, how about no Team USA whatsoever? Hell, I’d join the English team and throw a 35 mph fastball 15 yards off the plate.
I was reading an interesting article (it could’ve been better, but it was interesting nevertheless) about how pitchers these days just don’t throw as many pitches as they used to in the old days, and I’m pretty sure most MLB managers were worried about their pitchers more than their batters being overused (or perhaps underused) in the WBC, but seriously people, now the tournament’s over, there’s still a good week-and-a-half until the start of the season for them to get their arms in gear ready for the long season ahead.
I just felt the media was full of excuses, overshadowing a great tournament. As much as I love baseball (especially American baseball), I really do think it’s time for the USA to step aside and let someone else take control of the World Baseball Classic and give it the appreciation and love it deserves. Sure, the US invented the game, but it’s time to realize it’s much more international.
This all draws similarities with the World Cup in football (soccer). England originally despised the idea of the tournament, having “invented the game” and found itself getting kicked in the butt by other nations. But once they let go and realized that the sport had gone international, England realized it had a proud footy heritage and a lot to offer the rest of the world, but also that they were merely one nation among many that loved the game. Perhaps American baseball could follow suit?