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Friday, March 20, 2009
Comment of the DayNot everyone appreciates my little geek-out in response to the Evan Longoria news. Well, actually, no one does, but this guy appreciates it less than others:
section 34 said...
If you're reading Rob, now would be a good time to remind you that the checks will stop coming if you quit linking me. Your call.
But in all seriousness, no, I don't propose that the United States forfeit the WBC. I am inclined, however, to suggest that, rather than Evan Longoria, we send Martin Prado or someone like him to play out the remainder of the games rather than risk yet another team's superstar in the service of a preseason exhibition. Chipper Jones, David Wright, and Kevin Youkilis are hurt already. Let's stop the bleeding.
And no, I don't presume that even that is a plausible course of action given the roster rules, so how about this: starting next time, let's play the WBC in the fall so players won't be working themselves into shape during this thing. I mean, I know spring training sucks and these players are probably happy to be avoiding it, but I can't help but think the extra stretching, running, and fielding reps they do down in Florida and Arizona serve an actual purpose that this year's WBCsters are missing out on.
Update: Ok, Martin Prado -- born in Maracay, Venezuela -- is probably not a good choice for the United States' team. How about Jed Lowrie?
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 12:35pm
Yeah. I’m gonna veto jed lowrie. Half of the Red Sox’s starting infield has already been hurt at this stupid thing. We can’t afford to lose anyone else. I think we should send nomar or bobby crosby. They probably wouldn’t get hurt.
Posted 03/20 at 01:00 PM
How did it take that guy 5 minutes to get through that post? It wasn’t that long. Must be a slow reader.
Posted 03/20 at 01:47 PM
so who cares if team USA forfeits? its just some stupid made up sports team in a meaningless exhibition tournament.
i’m going to play wiffle ball in my backyard later today agasint my friend who was born in pakistan. if you dont root for me to beat him you are an unpatriotic jerk!!!
Posted 03/20 at 01:51 PM
You know, some of us (though I’m not the senior member of this group by any means) have wasted a lot more of our time here than that goofball. And when I say “waste”, I mean it with all the love in the world. If I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t “waste” my time here. Maybe I’m just a masochist.
Posted 03/20 at 02:07 PM
Posted 03/20 at 02:21 PM
I don’t quite understand the opposition to the WBC. When a player injures himself during a cactus or grapefruit league game, the fans don’t demand to shut down these leagues? Is there any evidence that players are more likely to be injured in a WBC game versus an exhibition game?
Posted 03/20 at 02:32 PM
its the stars getting hurt that is the issue. david wright is not going to be playing in any winter leagues.
i dont hate the WBC, to the contrary i support any celebration of baseball and think expanding the sport internationally is unequivocally good. what irks me is how indignant some players and journos get when commenting about american fan apathy.
Posted 03/20 at 02:43 PM
I think you are being a bit dramatic yourself- first of all these are not real injuries these are typical dtd injuries players get at this time of the year and teams are just being verrrrrry cautious. If we play in the tournament (and it’s a great tournament-hard not to love it if you really are a baseball fan) should we not try to win it? None of the other countries are approaching it as just an exhibition. Of course there are legitimate reasons to not play healthwise (Joe Nathan) but our talent pool is deep use it.
Either you like the WBC or you are predisposed not to and that will guide your response to the question. Seems to me MLB can’t tout it as a bid deal on 1 end (pushing the season back a full week, advertising it like crazy) then also treat it as glorified ST which the roster management and pullouts have been. Make a decison!
Personally I feel the winner of this tournament has as legit a claim to World Champion as the winners of the American Tournament in October/November. Quit hating the WBC -direct your angst to Mr. Selig.
Posted 03/20 at 04:48 PM
If the US players aren’t ready to play serious ball in March, they should get themselves ready by the time the WBC begins. The members of virtually every other team do that and it shows in the level of their play. Obviously most of the competing nations can’t match the talent of the USA ballplayers, but their teams clearly take the tournament more seriously than the people running the USA team. Some nations’ teams have been working together for months (if not years) to prepare for the WBC.
Posted 03/20 at 06:11 PM
I don’t get it. Doesn’t Neyer link to you all the time?
Posted 03/21 at 02:09 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Yeah. I think my little critic is new to these worlds.
Posted 03/21 at 08:21 AM
Only in America will we root for our own country to lose so that our personal team or politician can have a better chance to rise up. It makes me sick to be an American.
Posted 03/21 at 09:18 AM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Jake—nice try to bring politics into this, but no one has gone there in this thread (and this blog’s author does not root for America’s failure in order to benefit his chosen candidates).
Please take your persecution complex to another blog.
Posted 03/21 at 10:07 AM
In response to Jake. Some of us are bigger fans of the teams we’ve followed thick and thin for the majority of our lives, than of some exhibition All-Star team that represents the country I live in and is playing a few meaningless games every third year.
The WBC strikes a lot of us as extremely arbitrary. It’s a great way for MLB to make money and congrats to them for tabbing a new revenue-generating source, but the WBC doesn’t grab at my heart. And though I’m sure they’re some who have bought into the idea, the majority of baseball fans in this country could care less about the tourney.
Posted 03/22 at 12:18 PM