Re: I say no!
posted at 1/18/2013 3:51 AM EST
In the end this tournament is here to stay and for very good reason...the game of baseball was elimanated from Olympic competition and thus there's no international event to showcase the game to future athletes world wide. Nor is there a platform to market the game world wide, sans this tournament. In the business of sport "branding is the key to growth". If we want the game to continue to grow and in particular attract the best athletes. It starts at the youth level and what this tournament does is get kids in Canada to put down thier hockey stick and gather in front of the TV and wave the Maple Leaf and root, root, root for their homeland team...the same dynamic exist in most of the countries that participate in the WBC. In Europe, Latin American and Asia, the game of choice is soccor...Pele inspired a generation of kids in America to kick a ball...Roberto Clemente inspired a generation of kids in Latin America to hit a ball...Sadahara OH inspired a generation of Asian kids to trade spikes and play baseball.
Fact today there are more kids in the USA playing youth soccor than youth baseball.
Baseball Fever Catch it! That's the goal...
I am certain that behind the scenes many of those that have invested millions, have pause. All of the players, owners and managers understand the why's and if your fortunate enough ever to wear a jersey with the letters USA on the front of the jerseys. Risk of injury is the furthest thing from ones mind, but certainly for the owners and managers an uneasy time.
While many of us see the WBC as an incovienance to our normal routine, in the spring, every two years. This tournanment success serves the best interest of the sport on a global scale. There are many players that get to participate in this tournanment that likely will never play in the big leagues...but for each of them they go back to thier respective homelands and help water the seeds of growth...Telling stories about thier experiences and the pride of representing thier country and how cool it was facing Pedro Martinez or pitching to Miguel Cabrera and Albert Puljos.
Right now Ichiro Susuki is begining to ready himself to represent Japan...and there's a million kids in Japan and as many here in the USA that mimick his batting stance...that's what the WBC is about...
Baseball Fever...Catch it!