Sunday, February 05, 2006

A True World Series

Olympic Baseball has been cancelled and the World Cup of Baseball is too amateurish. Finally Catholicgauze's wish of international professional baseball has been granted! The World Baseball Classic is a month away!

China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Canada, Mexico, United States, South Africa, Cuba, Netherlands, Panama, Puerto Rico, Australia, Dominican Republic, Italy, and Venezuela are competing for the world championship. I eagerly await this tournament.

The tournament has not been without controversy however. Cuba was at first not allowed to participate but negotiations allowed Castro's nation to play. Puerto Rico, a commonwealth of the United States, threatened not host games if Cuba was not allowed to play. Castro decided to celebrate their acceptance by not allowing defectors to play. There will be no "Free Cuba" team.

Taiwan is only allowed to play under the name Chinese Taipei and must use their Olympic Flag. Red China must be pleased, freedom be danged.

Baseball is truly an international sport. It did not spread with a conquering imperial country but via lines of communication. Let the World Baseball Classic bring people closer together.

Category: Sports

1 comment:

Ms. Woodhouse said...

I just want to comment b/c I'm on a roll. I actually have nothing to say about this one.