The WBC apathy and ennui seems to extend from fans to American players, or maybe it’s a symbiotic relationship.
It’s hard to say the US sent its best to the WBC.
No disrespect to Ryan Vogelsong, but if the US took this event as seriously as some of the other nations with seams in their sporting DNA there is no way Vogelsong would have been on the mound in an elimination game against Puerto Rico last Friday. It would have been Justin Verlander, David Price, Jered Weaver, Roy Halladay, CC Sabathia, or Matt Cain.
It would have been nice to see Mike Trout, Prince Fielder, Josh Hamilton, or reigning National League Most Valuable Player Buster Posey in a Team USA uniform.
Promoting the stars of the game is a great way to promote the game — domestically and internationally.
The WBC is an event with great potential. But it’s not a great sports event yet.
It’s just baseball background noise.