The World Baseball Classic is nearing the finals and this has Chip and Cern excited.
According to Wikipedia, "The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is an international baseball tournament sanctioned from 2006 to 2013 by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and after 2013 by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC). It was proposed to the IBAF by Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), and other professional baseball leagues and their players associations around the world. It is the main baseball tournament sanctioned by the WBSC, which grants to the winner the title of "World Champion".
Both Chip and Cern were pissed when baseball was cut from the Olympic sports which is where the WBC idea came from.
Japan won the first two WBC titles, and the USA has not even made the final game.
Cern likes the WBC, but doesn’t get too hyped about it. It feeds his need for early season baseball.
Both Chip and Cern like that the players can play with their chosen country even if they weren’t born there.
Again from Wikipedia:
A player is eligible to participate on a World Baseball Classic team if any one of the following criteria is met:
- The player is a citizen of the nation the team represents.
- The player is qualified for citizenship or to hold a passport under the laws of a nation represented by a team, but has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport; in this case, the player may be made eligible by WBCI upon petition by the player or team.
- The player is a permanent legal resident of the nation or territory the team represents.
- The player was born in the nation or territory the team represents.
- The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the nation the team represents.
- The player has one parent who was born in the nation or territory the team represents.
Quickly Chip and Cern get pulled into a stat worm hole whilst looking for Dontelle Willis’ stats.
Cern has a grudge against Michael Saunders because he hit a grand slam when Cern had him beached on his fantasy baseball team.
Jose Reyes did have a domestic incident against him which caused him to be suspended for a few games last season. This incident took place in Hawaii, so Chip and Cern thought this would be caused by him looking for some “Maui Beaver” and was caught by his wife.
Chip and Cern played with someone in high school who was on the Israel World Baseball Classic team.
Chip and Cern dig deep into Chinese Taipei team, what country it actually is and they just get more and more confused.
Looking through teams rosters to see what players they knew. Some teams had nobody knew.
Japan and Puerto Rico are undefeated and looking very strong there.
Both Chip and Cern think that the USA team doesn’t have the same sense of pride that the other teams seem to have. Some really big names are absent from this WBC.
The horns, chanting, bells and other soccer type noises really have been annoying.
Overall Chip and Cern like the WBC, but don’t like the United States chances.
Update: The United States will face the undefeated Puerto Rico team Wednesday March 22nd in the WBC finals.
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