To WBC or not to WBC?

What I’m about to say may be a little controversial but I’m going to say it anyway.

I’m just not that into the World Baseball Classic.

I know, I probably should be. I read Twitter and I notice how other people are staying up late and/or waking up early to watch the games taking place across the world in Asia and I think, “I wish I can be that excited too.” But I’m not.

To be honest, I wasn’t that into the WBC in 2009 either. Back then, things were different, I had just been laid off from my long-time job at a once major television network and I wasn’t in the frame of mind to enjoy baseball.

But what gives this time?

Four years ago, I wasn’t even blogging about baseball and now I am. You’d think I’d want to witness all of this fanfare, especially since we don’t get to watch baseball in the Olympics anymore and that I’d want to asborb every bit of information I can about the WBC but I just don’t want to.

I should be happy that I get to watch international players I normally wouldn’t get to see play baseball, that I get to see how crazy fans from other countries are at games and that I get to see players from different MLB teams join forces to play on the same squad. But I’m not.

I should be rooting for guys like Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano to do well and to more importantly, stay healthy.

This morning I even attempted to watch “WBC Today” on MLB Network to get caught up on everything that’s happened in the WBC so far and I found myself completely confused by the round robin rules. I sort of get them but I think it was too early for my brain to function properly.

Who knows? Maybe things will change tomorrow when the Yankees play against Cano and his Dominican Republic teammates at Steinbrenner Field. At least we’ll get to see Hiroki Kuroda start for the Yanks and that’s something to be excited about. Or maybe, I’ll watch the game tomorrow and still not care about the WBC.

Am I the only one? How do you all feel about it? Is the WBC grabbing your attention or do you feel like it’s an unneeded distraction?

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting about General Hospital and her cats.

11 thoughts on “To WBC or not to WBC?

  1. Never cared for the WBC. I look at it as little more than another attempt by Bud to try and build a legacy.

  2. Derpy

    My main problem with the WBC is that the announcers are terrible. They should send Gary Cohen and Vin Scully out there to liven this up.

    • srosegots

      You don't enjoy listening to Buck Martinez? :)

      • Derpy

        My dream is to put Vin Scully's head in a jar ala Futurama and have him call every baseball game forever.

        • srosegots

          Sounds like a good idea to me.

        • ldubinsky

          I imagine having Phil Rizzuto announcing the games and imagine Bill White trying to keep his head from exploding.

  3. beearl

    I find myself interested in the WBC on and off all tournament long. I just don't care at all about the China/Brazil games and such. But anytime Cuba or Japan or the Dominican Republic or the US plays…I'll be watching.

    • srosegots

      I hope the Dominican Republic didn't waste all of their hits this afternoon against the Phillies. They're up to 28 hits (at the moment).

  4. mcmastro

    But it's just more baseball to watch! What could possibly be wrong with that?

    • srosegots

      I know! That's why I'm surprised I'm indifferent. I should be excited because I love baseball and had been "jonesing" for it all winter.

  5. Tim

    As a transplant living in Germany – I actually am finding myself genuinely interested in the WBC because I would like baseball to grow and become more popular around the world. In Germany, they read the NBA scores on the evening news alongside the soccer (ahem, football) scores simply because of Dirk Nowitzki. If someone like Max Kepler or Donald Lutz becomes a star in MLB, suddenly Germans will start to care about the sport. Sure, right now it's pretty lame to watch some of the amateurish baseball that takes place at the WBC, but 50 years from now it might be a bigger deal and a lot more fun than the 'World Series'. That would be pretty cool, I think.

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