Maybe it’s American arrogance at its finest, but does anyone here really care about the World Baseball Classic? OK, it’s a cute event that helps disrupt the monotony of spring training. But is there anyone out there who believes that this country takes the event seriously?
Yes indeed Tony, it is American arrogance, at its finest as you put it. The entire baseball world outside of the United States is chomping at the bit for the WBC to start. In that very statement Mazz captures the reason the United States didn't even make the finals in the last WBC. The States, from fans to players to the organisational level, just don't care.
Players from other countries would quite literally die to play for the country of their birth. Players for the United States? 'Wait, we get paid for this, right?'. As for poor old A-Roid, he doesn't even know what team to play for!
At a time when some writers are beginning to liken MLB to WWF (with rampant and unabashed steroid usage making the game a mockery) surely baseball purists would opt to open their arms to the WBC, and the colourful teams and players and varied styles of play?
Then again, why bother, right? Just stick to what you know, I guess, is what Mazz is implying in his sad, depressing and inane little side-note.
Anyway, I can confirm that the rest of the World is dying for the WBC to start, can't wait, and will continue to enjoy it even when the States gets knocked out in the preliminary rounds.