With the USA team making it into the second round of their pool, I started to think about the importance of the World Baseball Classic and whether it is really gaining the attention of more fans.
Many people think it’s useless and believe it should have fizzled out by now and judging by ratings, I can understand that. But the World Baseball Classic needs to work on gaining a stronger presence. They have to fight it out against basketball and hockey seasons right now and that’s tough competition. Plus, games are only being offered on MLB Network. Does that sound like good odds? Probably not. And I can understand why fans aren’t embracing it- big names aren’t playing and nonsense rules are in play such as low pitch counts for pitchers or pitchers can’t pitch in three games straight. I love the World Baseball Classic and I’m one of those fans that hopes it gets better ratings and builds itself up to a higher status among global events, just like the World Cup.
But how will this happen? For one thing, the only way to attract more U.S. fans is to get bigger names to play and adjust these
stupid rules. This is a constant problem with sporting events such as these. Players aren’t getting paid and fear getting hurt, so they decide to sit it out. Maybe it’s because I’m not a player, but playing for your country seems like a big deal and it’s understood that you have other priorities, but whatever happened to the fun of the game, rather than the business side. Feeling that sense of pride, engaging players from all around the world, seeing how different countries play their baseball, and just playing for love of the game. It’s every four years, not every year or every day, so why not take part and help this World Baseball Classic capture more attention.
I missed the U.S. game versus Italy where David Wright hit that grand slam to win the game, but when I heard about it and saw the recap videos, I was overly excited and filled with pride. Part of it was because he’s a Met, but then there’s that part that felt a really strong sense of pride in this country. Rooting for players I normally put hexes on during games seems foreign, but it‘s all in good fun! I hope that the World Baseball Classic draws in better ratings and finds a way to show fans that it’s not just some nonsense competition.
METS NEWS– Closer Frank Francisco
finally threw off a mound, Zack Wheeler was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas most likely because of a strained oblique injury along with 9 others, and Jordany Valdespin is tearing it up on the field showing he’s ready for the season, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO JEREMY HEFNER!!!