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An Instant World Classic?

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Much to my surprise, the World Baseball Classic has been much better than the mozzarella sticks to my main course that is the regular season. In fact, it has turned into something that has almost satisfied my appetite (Almost).

If you haven’t been paying attention, the baseball world has been captivated with incredible competition and excellent displays of nationalism. After a few weeks of competition, the United States team has willed itself to the semi-final game tonight versus Japan.

Japan is currently 6-0, even without phenom Shohei Ohtani. As Cub fans, following Ohtani’s posting process will be extremely important once he reaches the age of exemption on the new International Free Agent contract restrictions.

The U.S. has advanced farther than they ever have before after the heroism of Adam Jones and Giancarlo Stanton.

With it being Spring Training, the United States has always struggled to put together a truly “elite” roster. They are filled with dominant relief pitchers, but really are missing some of the games larger stars such as Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, or Bryce Harper. It is understandable that teams focused on larger regular season goals would be hesitant to send some of these players to play full steam so early. However, with the passion seen from teams such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, it is hard not to desire more U.S. MLB players to feel the urge to bring home this trophy to our beautiful country, throwing away the notions of injuries derailing the invisible hand of commercialism. However, don’t you dare tell the U.S. players on the field that this doesn’t mean something to them.

What would it take for this event to reach a level that garnishes such attention? Baseball is clearly trying to replicate the popularity of the FIFA World Cup and Olympic/FIBA Championships. This years tournament has been a great stride forward, but has not reached a level that motivates the biggest star in our sport.

All being said, it will still be great to soak in a baseball game at 9pm ET that has October electricity in March.

Have you bought in? Or is this a dish that just doesn’t quiet sit well?

  • Jerry in Wisconsin

    Dancing with the stars update: Ross danced to an elevator music version of Go Cubs Go in a bedazzled Cubs uniform. Scary what retirement can do to people.

    • Sherm

      I heard that Jon Lester was invited to be on that show, but he said he would only dance with David Ross, so…

    • Doc Raker

      Real David Ross or Memorex David Ross?

  • cap’n realist

    When the World Baseball Classic means something to Kershaw, Scherzer, Arrietta, Trout, Rizzo, Bryant, Sale, Donaldson, Harper, Syndergaard, Votto, Bumgarner, and Kluber, it will mean something to me. Right now it means that Posey, Stanton, and Adam Jones wanted to escape the daily grind of spring trainining. Nothing more.

    • Doc Raker

      When the World Baseball Classic means something to Capn Realist, CAPS, Sherm, EVW, Jerry in Wisconsin, Doug S, Seymour, JSwan, Big Toe Joe, Lizzie, Dork, Peter Adams, Adam Peters , all the new writers here at the VFTB and all the memorex writers here at the VFTB it will mean something to me. Right now it is just a distraction from the daily grind of spring training. Nothing more.

      • Eddie Von White

        Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Jeff R

      I agree it is missing the stars, but you cannot deny this event has taken a big step forward this year

      • JTBarrett16

        I think the big reason why the American stars don’t want to compete as much as these other countries is because when you’re an American kid growing up, your dream isn’t to win a championship for your country. It’s to win the World Series. If you don’t make it in the pro leagues in America, you’re going to be playing overseas, and because there is plenty of American talent in the pro leagues, you’ll never play in international tournaments. In these foreign countries, a lot of these players grow up in poverty, so their goal is to make it in MLB so their family never has to worry about money. But they have so much pride in their homeland that they want to play in the WBC. That’s just how I see it.

  • Doug S.

    1. MLB
    2 – 7 other sports
    8. WBC

    1,000,000,000. Tiddlywinks
    1,000,000,001. Soccer

    • Dork

      My son and I watched manchester united vs Liverpool over the NCAA tournament this weekend, but we are probably dorks. And the played to a 1-1 tie.

      • JTBarrett16

        The offsides rule prevents breakaways and rewards poor defense.

      • Doug S.

        Dork, we need to talk.

        Was in London years ago and foolishly wanted to experience a live English sports event. Went to a Tottenham Hotspur game. Getting frisked going in was the only action I got. A nil-nil final and they didn’t sell beer. Cruel and unusual punishment.

      • Dork

        I will admit that it is weird how they just walk off the field on a tie – very unamerican

  • Dork

    I would watch if they would make it more available, but the MLB is a ho only putting out for money. If they want it to grow stream it.

    • JTBarrett16

      It’s on MLB network

      • Dork

        not in my cable package

      • Eddie Von White

        Even if it was in your cable package, you would be blacked out because you live in the USA and the USA is playing…but they will still take your subscription money.

      • Dork

        Great point

    • Mark_from_Toronto

      If the game were on at a more reasonable hour than 9pm (at least here) I would likely watch. Unfortunately this one will be on too late to make it worth watching for me.

  • Seymour Butts

    I will do something I rarely do, be a contrarian.
    I have been enjoying the WBC. I watched the last 5 innings of PR vs NED last night. Rooting for Javy to drive in the game winner. They walked him intentionally a batter before the GE sac fly.
    Hoping for the US to win tonight, but if they do, I’m not sure who I will root for on Wednesday.

    Come on…it’s baseball. Even bad baseball is better than anything else you can do standing up.

    • Doc Raker

      True, I watch when I am available but don’t set my schedule around it and don’t really care who is playing or winning. I will root for Javy to go 5-5 tonight in a loss to the Make USA Baseball Great Again team.

      • Eddie Von White

        MUSABGA – I think we’re gonna need a bigger hat. When Seymour comes in for an eye exam, do you write big “X”s across his pupils with a Sharpee?

      • Seymour Butts

        Eddie Von Acronym

      • Jerry in Wisconsin

        Or EVA for short.

      • Sherm

        Eva Von Acronym?

      • cap’n realist

        I’m sure Seymour chooses a doctor with the letters M.D. after his or her name for his eye care needs.

      • Doc Raker
      • JTBarrett16

        What does being in front of a computer and mobile phone all day do to the eyes? I have anti-glare coating on my glasses because I work in front of a computer all day

      • Doc Raker

        Near point stress. Dry eyes. Blue Light fatigue. Blue light interrupts sleep patterns, doesn’t let your brain shut off. Blue light increases risks of macular degeneration,i.e. unhealthy for the retina. You want a blue blocking anti glare coating.

      • Seymour Butts

        I did at one time, then he moved and suggested that a plain old measurer would be fine.
        Of course then that guy fell into the lens grinder and made a spectacle of himself.

      • Eddie Von White

        Before or after Wiley Coyote flattened the Road Runner?