Great... I hope he does not get injured. Hate to be a selfish fan, but I guess I am. All-Star Game and TEAM USA... the less REDS the better IMO.
generically speaking, the less reds the less chance at injury, which is something we'd all like to avoid, however the less reds (at either the world baseball classic or the all star game) the higher chance that you have a team full of cruddy players with few wins.
What other Reds are playing in the WBC? I assume Votto is with Canada. Is Ceuto playing for the Dominicans?
It's a safe bet that Aroldis won't be playing with Cuba this time. You start to wonder if Cuba will eventually decrease their top players' exposure to the U.S. market, given the risks.
What about Choo?
Congrats to Brandon! He seems really excited about being part of the WBC so I'm excited for him. This is the closest thing these guys have to being in the Olympics now so hopefully they have a good experience. When I can I'll be watching and cheering on Team USA (and Canada, they have some great players too). :)
I still think back to the All-Star Game skills competition. Barry Larkin hurting his throwing shoulder during the "relay throw" competition. NO!!
Am I the only one who is "over" this whole WBC thing?
I find the whole concept sort of boring at this point... would much rather have healthy Reds players than some mythical "world championship."
Only reason I "care" about the WBC is it's better to watch "real" baseball than watch game logs online about a meaningless Spring Training game filled with single A scrubs.
I love the WBC a lot more than I thought I would. I found myself getting really into team USA last go-round. I don't love it when our pitchers participate, but the hitters don't bother me as much.
So say Phillips plays in the WBC the same day say, Jay Bruce plays in a ST game. Does Phillips have a higher chance of injury? If Bruce gets hurt, should he have played in the WBC instead?
Never understood this thinking. All Star Game? Yes. Winter Ball? Yes. But this goes on when these guys would be in ST anyways. I'm more excited to watch Phillips face King Felix in a meaningful game than watch Bruce mash some scrub from a split squad team.
I enjoyed the last WBC. Loved watching the foreign guys and discovering Chapman. I'm looking forward to this one as well; it seems as if its been forever.