Well the World Baseball Classic is over for me. I mentioned in a post the other day that I was interested in it, but that was only to a point. The Canadian team gave up 6 runs in each of two games and have already been eliminated from the competition. At this point I am not at all interested in who wins. That might make me a terrible baseball fan, but that is the reality of the situation.
I was wondering about the reaction of the Canadian media to this failure. I didn’t expect much of an uproar, and with the Briar, NHL GM meetings, March Madness, and even spring training dominating the sports world in this country, there seems to be little room for discussing Canada’s performance. When the National Hockey team failed at the World Juniors and later at the Olmypics the entire nation seemed to scream for answers. Canada has been a middle of the road baseball nation for a long time, despite having a fairly well developed little league and amateur system. I suppose it is hard to compete with warmer places like California or the Caribbean where baseball season can run year round. I am not qualified to find the problems with Canada’s baseball program, but pitching was certainly a major factor at the WBC.
The fact is Canada can’t be a baseball super power until it is more widely embraced by young athletes. I don’t think that even can happen with all the other sports options out there. The fact is as long as hockey dominates our nation other sports will be forced to take the best athletes they can get (many of whom are world class)
A podcast is coming in the next day or so, in the meantime enjoy this lovely video from last year: