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?