You Should Be Watching the World Baseball Classic
Maybe it's the fact that baseball has reached the point where it undeniably belongs to the world, and not just to America. (Yeah, we invented baseball, but the world has not only embraced it, but -- if the results of the first few WBCs are any indication -- now become much better than us at playing it.)
Maybe it's seeing unknown minor leaguers competing their butts off against the biggest-name big-league superstars in the world. Or maybe it's the fact that when it comes to an opportunity to compete for their respective countries, those same superstars don't think twice about putting spring training on hold, about taking time away from the very organizations paying their multimillion-dollar salaries, or about adding even more high-intensity games to a season that's already longer and more grueling than any in professional sports.
We love seeing major league teammates competing against each other, we love seeing Ryan Dempster come out of retirement to pitch for Canada, and we love that Joey Bats had to throw out the winning run from left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to prevent underdog Colombia from knocking off a truly staggering squad from the Dominican Republic.
The list goes on and on. So if you haven't yet, do yourself a favor and check out a WBC game or two before the tourney ends and you're stuck waiting another four years. You'll likely see something that'll make you look at this awesome game just a little differently.
Yours in worldly baseball,
The Buckler team