Re: In Defense of the WBC
Because something that happened 125 years ago is relevant today? Sure, sometimes it is.
60 years ago every team was traveling by train. Now, none do that. The Pirates fly to play the Phillies. The Reds Fly to play the Indians. I bet the Dodgers fly to play the Padres.
Is it really so hard to see suborbital flights to Asia that take under 3 hours in the next 50-60 years? If so, Is it really so hard to see MLB as a global entity, With divisions in Europe and Asia, perhaps even Africa and South America? We have one team in Canada, used to have two. Is it so hard to imagine a franchise in Mexico City? Not tomorrow, maybe not in ten years, but it WILL happen. Because it has to. Because you just know this has been discussed, and will continue to be discussed by MLB brass.
The NFL has almost zero appeal outside the U.S. The NBA does better, with European leagues. But baseball, that's the U.S. sport with global appeal. Maybe Hockey is on a par with it around the world, but mostly just Europe. And hell, Hockey ain't that popular here.
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