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Posted on: March 11, 2009 12:39 am
Edited on: April 28, 2009 10:48 pm
 

 World Baseball Classic '09

 

While others show their displeasure for the "Classic" i myself have experienced it, and enjoyed it! Some want/expect players to stay in ST with their MLB club, so they're not injured and/or should be honoring contracts. Now ask yourself this, would you rather not watch the best from your respective country or would you rather watch games between split squads, prospects, or minor league contracts trying to make the club? If i'm paying to watch a live game in march i know i choose the WBC.


Canada vs. USA at the Rogers Centre.
40,000+ in attendance national support from both sides, plenty of flags, jerseys, the game meant something. I doubt you find a meaningfull game in FLA, or AZ. Moreso for the players than the fans anyway. Great atmosphere, of course i had a hotdog, and 6 tall cans of budlight! It felt good to be at the ball park again, being a canadian i'm ready for some warmth. The game was tight all the way, with the US prevailing 6-5. I'm a Red Sox fan so i've already got a sneak peak at some of the guys, Bay, Youkilis, and Pedroia. That right there was good for me, but i got more. Adam Dunn hitting bombs, the biggest being 454 ft, but that was the second game i went too. Canada lost but i had a good time, as did the 40K plus i'm sure.

USA vs. Venezuela same venue.
This game was a little different, thats where the "Classic" is better than ST. The Venezuelans had tremendous support at the game, they all sang their National Anthem, and were louder than any American fans. They chanted, cheered, and danced til the end of the game, all the while been stomped buy the Americans (did i mention that i'm seeing great players as opposed to watered down ST?) 15-6. Again second day in a row of watching meaning ful games, great players, good atmosphere, bud lights again. But this time there was something different than the North American match-up that i witnessed the day before, this one had around i would say 1,000 or more dancing Venezuelan girls, what more could you want at a ballgame?  Anyway thats my experience from a couple WBC games, there was much more to the games but you get the idea, its a good time!

I've also read a few threads about the WBC, i get the feeling its almost split but moreso i get the feeling it's not for everybody. But for the guy who already had drafted a few fantasy teams, or just has the itch to see some ball, it's gotta be better than grapfruit league no?

A few posts that i liked were from a Tampa Bay Rays fan too, thats not easy for me too say!

 

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Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2009 6:39 pm
 

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Just a link providing information about the commom miscomception that more injuries happen becasue of this event, and the excuse that players and fans alike use.

 

 

 




Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2009 1:13 am
 

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 The USA comes back in the ninth to defeat Puerto Rico. I couldn't help but read some threads of the badwagoners! The closer they get to the final, the more they support. I decided not to get inot the war of the trolls over this, just thought is was typical.




Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2009 4:55 pm
 

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 Your welcome, it could be just me but i really enjoy international events. I'm a huge hockey fan and was at the World Championships in Quebec City last May. This tournament runs during the Stanley Cup finals, so after players are eliminated from playoffs they join their country. That weekend was a blast, the bronze medal game, Sweden vs. Finland, i swear it felt like i was in Europe, singing of teams songs, the chants, cheering and awesome hockey. I would do international sports in a minute, compared to some of the NHL games i've been too, no comparison to the atmosphere of these events! And i love the NHL. People can trash the WBC all they want, but if they attended a game, they'd have fun and be impressed, the timing of the WBC is poor, i'll admit that, but the games are meaningful and that's all you can ask for in march.

Enjoy your games Teb.




Since: Dec 18, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2009 11:56 am
 

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Thanks for the kind words.  Obviously I agree fully with your sentiments.  Luckily, I've got tickets to some of the Miami games, and look forward to rooting on my country, while seeing players and fans from other countries.  Granted, the tournament isn't perfect yet, but I really think they are on the right track with this idea.

 

 



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