Tell me, are you watching the World Baseball Classic?
If you haven’t been paying attention to the World Baseball Cla sic, well, you should be.This year’s rendition has been everything that a world tournament in any sport hopes to offer: showcase of https://www.redsedges.com/cincinnati-reds/pete-rose-jersey young talent, epic comebacks, lots of offense, sold-out ballparks. It’s been a baseball fan’s dream.Forget the NCAA Tournament. March Madne s hasalready begun.This year’s edition of the WBC has offeredinfinitely more entertainment than anything you’ll see during spring training. Sure, you get a lot more exposure to your favorite team, your players and your team’s future talent, if you choose to watch your teams in Arizona and Florida.But the stakes if that’s even the correct word for the World Baseball Cla sic this year have been raised.MORE: The WBC is a great thing, whether you like it or notThe pa sion with which these teams play, the never-quit attitude that so many teams have exhibited, is beyond entertaining. It’s admirable. It’s the best it’s ever been.Eleven of the tournament’s 26games played thus far have been decided by two runsor fewer. Five of those games have gone to extra innings. Nine times have teams scored double-digit runs. There’s been plenty of late drama, too.There have been plays at home plate some unfortunate and others that added high drama to the game..@JoeyBats19 wasn’t letting this game end like that. #WBC2017 pic.twitter.com Ken Griffey Jersey /d2nCmuEmlF WBC Baseball (@WBCBaseball) March 12, 2017Tuesday morning’s Cuba-Japan matchup saw Japan infielderTetsudo Yamada mashtwo dingers in the game. The second came in the eighth and propelled the Japanese to an 8-5 victory over Cuba.Fans: Learn Tetsuto Yamada’s name.Pitchers: Fear it. https://t.co/FG09FGa7Se #WBC2017 pic.twitter.com/ZNNjgcDX7I MLB (@MLB) March 14, 2017There are Cinderella runs being exhibited in the way of Israel and, up until Monday night’s tiebreaker vs. Venezuela, Italy.Even players not playing in the WBC, such asJohnny Cueto and David Ortiz, are super pumped about the Dominican Republic’s dominance in the tournament once again.And the home-country boys could potentially go all the way this year, and have put together their best tournament to date.FOSTER: Why can’t I get excited about the WBC?Saturday’s matchup between the Dominican Republic and the United States is the largest attendance at a baseball game in Marlins Park history, with more than 37,000 there to witne s an epic game between the U. https://www.redsedges.com/cincinnati-reds/johnny-bench-jersey S. and the D.R. Writers attending the WBC in Miami said it was the loudest the stadium has ever been, and one of the loudest games they’ve attended.There are so many storylines. And all the while, there’s still plenty of baseball left to be played.So yes, now you’ve seen somehighlights. You know the exuberance and pa sion the players haveexhibited. Even the U.S. has put forth quite a showing, anchored by some of MLB’s best and most talented.You could bore yourself with spring training games games that move half-speed and offer little in the way of actual entertainment. You could also bypa s spring training altogetherand patiently wait until April.So, why aren’t you watching again?It’s not a challenge; I’d genuinely love to hear from you.You can shoot me an email at Joseph.Rivera@performgroup.com. Or send me a tweet @JoeRiveraSN.I want to try to peel back the layers of this smelly problem onion ASAP.