PiU (samedi) wrote,

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One of the biggest misnomers I have ever come across is courtesy of baseball. After all, what's the point of having an event called the World Series when the only competitors come from Canada and the United States? However, this month saw the introduction of the World Baseball Classic featuring 16 nations from the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific in a competition aimed at bridging continental divides and bringing fans from around the world together to enjoy the thrill of baseball.

Despite the inclusion of star players from Major League Baseball teams and the advantage of hosting games from the second round on the United States was unable to land a place in the semi-finals after recording one win and two defeats. Saturday will see the field of four reduced by half, but with the way the fixtures are set the final match will pit the Caribbean against Asia for the honor of world champion -- Cuba takes on the Dominican Republic in one semi-final while Japan plays South Korea in the other, and the Koreans hold the distinction of beating Japan twice already in the competition (as well as handing the United States a 7-3 drubbing) and have yet to lose in six matches. None of that matters tomorrow night though, as there's everything to play for ...

I'm not a fan of baseball, but it would be nice to see this event taken seriously and held on an annual basis.
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