When I heard that the United States baseball team had won the World Baseball Classic for the first time in it’s brief history, I must admit my first reaction was “isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?”
Like most Americans, I supose I expect that teams we field as Americans will be superior to those from any other place on the planet.
True, we’ve not been outstanding at times in international golf and soccer competition.
But of the sports that matter to me, we seem to shine on the international stage just as we think we should.
Probably because we haven’t won the classic in the past, I didn’t hear much buzz about this years event.
Mainly just concerns from some Indians fans that our players might get hurt representing their countries.
I won’t be asked, and won’t have any impact on future world baseball classic planning.
But if I were I’d suggest the event be pushed up to the 2 week period between the NFL conference championships and the Super Bowl every 4 years.
That time in January and early February is pretty boring in sports, and players could participate without jeopardizing their individual teams spring training preparations.
Plus, maybe more importantly, it might generate additional interest from people looking for quality sports content while they watch the snow falling outside.
That’s the way I see it.