Tuesday, March 07, 2006

World Classic Post 1

World Baseball Classic, sounds like United Statesism(thats right, George made up a word today) at its best if you ask me. All those countries that want nothing to do with the United States in Latin America are now playing the World Baseball Classic. Baseball is an United States sport, founded in Cooperstown, NY, with United States values.

Now it is the eve of a greatly awaited World Baseball Classic opener between Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, and the patriotic fervor is even more intense for him. So great, in fact, that the Philadelphia Phillies' right fielder went to Venezuela manager Luis Sojo and asked him not to get another center fielder after Melvin Mora backed out of the inaugural event. Abreu wanted to play center field for his homeland.

"You don't understand what this means in my country," Abreu said. "Everybody is excited about [the World Baseball Classic]. Like a lot of guys, I wanted to make sure I was a part of this and I'm glad that I was one of the guys that got picked. I wouldn't have wanted to miss this."

This Classic can go two ways. First this can be the greatest thing ever to happen to baseball. The world will put together their top players and will duke it out old fashioned tourny style. The other way this can go is bad. Players will decide that their paychecks are more important than the game and this will become a water downed version of the World Cup. Hopefully the first will be true but only time will tell.


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