Re: In Defense of the WBC
I think the WBC has good intentions. It's a good idea in theory. When MLB started becoming more international, lots of fans probably wondered if an all star team of Dominicans or Japanese or Taiwanese, etc. could beat an all star team of U.S. born players. In practice, kind of like interleague play, the reality doesn't live up to the idea - or fantasy, if you will. There's no good time to play it. The best players don't, or can't play. I don't think MLB is fully committed to it and that hurts it some.
It takes time to get these things going. This is only the 4th WBC, IIRC. Since we are in the age of instant gratification, if something doesn't capture the public's imagination immediately, it isn't going to be embraced for a while. I don't think it's a better product than MLB but I don't think it pretends to be that. It's like saying the Olympic basketball tournament is better than the NBA. That's ridiculous. Some of the games may be better and the players may be more passionate but you can see high school games that are exciting and the players play with passion but it's not the quality of the professional game. However, I think I'd rather watch a WBC game than a spring training game.