The World Baseball Classic has ended. Did you watch it? You should have. Also, you may be noticing a new name in the byline. I’m Andrew and I’ll be introducing myself more in future posts, but for now suffice it to say I like baseball. A lot. Anyways, back to the topic at hand…
2017 World Baseball Classic has come and gone. And by and large it was a great success, and most certainly the best its ever been.
Detractors will say that opinion originates from the fact that the country the invented the sport finally won the WBC after 4 tries. But I don’t buy into that line of thinking. Slowly and surely, everyone is coming around to the concept. When the players start to give a damn, and are led by one of the truly great mangers the game has (had), good things tend to happen.
Of the 4 WBC’s thus far, this one had the highest attendance rate and television viewership on record. Part of that is indeed helped by the fact that the USA was in the Final (which was the second highest attended game in WBC history) but even before that game this iteration of the WBC had proven to be a fun, engaging affair.
Puerto Rico’s run to the Finals caused a blonde hair dye shortage.
This is Carlos Beltran believe it or not.
We were introduced to the helicopter bat flip.
And Adam Jones. Oh man Adam Jones. What. A. Catch.
All of that came before Ian Kinsler hit a home run and sealed the title for the USA behind a marvelous pitching performance from Marcus Stroman. What a beautiful way for Jim Leyland to end his career.
If only this combination would’ve existed in Detroit… sigh.
MLB Network announced that the week of of March 6-12 was the most watched week in the network’s history. And that was without Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, and Bryce Harper. It is helping to grow the sport globally. So much in fact, that baseball will be back in the 2020 Summer Olympics. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to the WBC as a result, but I hope it doesn’t go away. It’ll never be for baseball what the World Cup is for football/soccer, but it doesn’t need to be. Not if it continues to grow and entertain the way it has this year.