Mar 12, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Italy outfielder Chris Denorfia (11) makes a catch against the Dominican Republic at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

WBC Quick Hit Op: Come on. If You Like Baseball, You Guys…


The narrative with the WBC seems to be that it’s not catching on here in the USA and it won’t catch on. I wasn’t completely aware of that narrative until a couple days ago, when I typed WBC into google. One article was particularly cynical, and I felt the need to quickly respond.

From Tim Baffoe with CBS Sports Chicago:

Try as (Bud Selig) might, Americans aren’t buying it. The only reason I had any inkling of anything going on in the WBC most of last week was because hardcore baseball people were tweeting about. Those being writers that either had to contractually cover the dog and pony show or those blogger/podcast pod people who treat any semblance of professional baseball as the last crystals of meth that they’re trying to lick off the pan while their stereo is at top volume and they’re wearing nothing but a bath mat they haven’t yet sold.”

So, a general theme in the anti-WBC verbatim is that these are meaningless games.

First of all, everything has as much meaning as we individually and collectively give it. We can digress to debate the meaning of “meaning,” but the bottom line is there is no natural law giving meaning to regular and postseason games and not to the World Baseball Classic. If it looks like baseball and it smells like baseball, and the players on the field are playing intensely and the fans in the stands are rooting intensely, then we’ve got something familiar on our hands. To me, the WBC is some of the most fun I’ve ever had watching the game of baseball.

Plus, who gives a crap about us? The biggest reason for this international affair is to grow the sport around the world, and  the Dutch are prime examples of that working. PLUS, aren’t all of the USA baseball games sold out or have a high capacity audience?

AND, he is wrong that casual baseball fans are not tuning in. I have a friend I refer to as the Big Bad Baseball Gypsy who has never been able to latch on to a Major League team even though he loves the sport.

He is EATING THIS UP.

So, as I eluded to in the title:

If you like baseball, then you’ll LOVE the WBC.

 

…Or maybe I’m just one of those meth-heads he’s talking about.

 

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