Monday, March 20, 2006

Watch the World Baseball Classic Finale

Why?
  1. It's the best of Coca-Colonization: watching foreigners playing (and perfecting) our game.
  2. Asian defense is amazing: the Korean infield was the best ballet I've seen.
  3. Some of these players might end up in the Bigs (ETA: or a raft in the Caribbean Sea.)
  4. Ichiro talked trash, but is on the verge of proving himself right about Japanese domination of the sport.
  5. So that I can start up a category of posts called "Not Cricket" (in honor of Sepoy.)
  6. You've been editing that chapter/thesis/conference paper for the last week, and you need to relax with a beer. (Although would Rum or Saki be appropriate?)
  7. Cuba is good, but they have their vulnerabilities (namely defense.)
  8. Big American stadiums frustrate Japanese sluggers.
  9. Games are fast-paced and the commercial breaks are short, unlike MLB games.
  10. You might see greatness: the future president/dictator of Cuba might hit a home run.

3 Comments:

At 11:08 PM, Blogger Joel said...

I'm in Japan now, where the WBC has been getting good coverage. (Much better than the Winter Olympics and even better than the Paralympics, where Japan did much better.) I was rooting for upset winners Korea vs. Puerto Rico in the finals, but the Japan-Cuba game was great.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Nathanael said...

Here, the WBC has been a cable-only event. Many people don't know about it, but those who do are enthusiastic.

Of course, I have read your posts (and linked to a few) about baseball around the world. The WBC, in my opinion, could give American baseball a major jolt: another dimension to the game that is not just about the 162-game season. And the games I saw were all great! I though Korea might take it as well.

BTW, what do Japanese drink at a game?

 
At 3:35 AM, Blogger Joel said...

Beer and sake, but they're more likely to be chewing on squid or rice balls than hot dogs. Japanese and Korean fans often tend to spend a lot of their time participating in organized cheers.

 

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