Posted By Jeff Fletcher on March 10, 2009 9:51 pm
If you weren’t sold on the WBC, you should be after watching that Netherlands-Dominican Republic game tonight. You did watch, right?
I saw most of it. It was great theater.
As wonderful as the game was, I doubt it’s going to have much of an impact on most of the baseball fans in the country. Even those who do care about the WBC may not care enough to watch a team other than the U.S.
Personally, I like the WBC. I think it might just be that I like watching any meaningful baseball against a backdrop of spring training games where pitchers are jogging in the outfield during the game and half the players are on the golf course before the final out.
No, it’s no perfect. There are a lot of players who aren’t playing, leaving a lot of head-scratchers on the roster. (Are Ted Lilly and Jeremy Guthrie really two of the best four starting pitchers born in the US?) It’s also tough to find the right time of year to play it.
Still, it’s pretty cool to see a game like tonight. If you haven’t been watching, give it a try.