There is baseball every time around the same time of the year and we go and maybe even take advantage of it because it’s always there. Then we have the world tournament that is held every three years that is the equivalent to the World Cup for soccer. I am speaking of the World Baseball Classic. In the this tournament they have 16 teams, from 16 nations and what it is, is four stages of play in which the teams are split into four pools or groups of teams that compete to be the best team in the world.
Most people including me for a while would have thought that the U.S.A. would be the front runner every time that they compete. The fact of the matter is they are not and they have not actually won the competition other than the year of creation of the tournament. This tournament allows for people to view baseball in its purest form and allows the world to fall in love with the sport that millions around the world. This sport is the greatest ever for how it spreads throughout the world much like soccer has. Baseball, Rugby, Soccer are three greatest sports ever and no one can tell me otherwise.
This is Christmas in February for me. The beginning of the MLB season is almost upon us and although we are more than a month away from the start of the greatest sport ever and anyone who is a baseball feels the same I do. With the way that I feel about baseball, this time of the year is a blessing for me and fans everywhere. This time of the year is not only the beginning of a new season, but of new hope. This fresh start is great for some, not so much for others either way this season is looking like one for the ages.
For some reason, I do not know why, but I love everything that has to do with the country of Great Britain. There is just something about this country and I can’t tell what it is. Whatever it is this weekend I waited for Nemo to unleash its wrath, which it didn’t, I watched the basic basketball, college sports, until I came upon the BBC America channel again. They were showing the Six Nations tournament which, I have stated in a previous post but the two teams playing were the Irish who I had no real opinion about then on the other side there were the British. Immediately my attention was turned towards the game and all the college and pro hoops would have to wait a while.
Rugby is good, really but if I’m not playing then I want to see the British play it. After watching the 80 minutes of this match on the pitch, I looked up at the score and saw that we had won. It hit me then that what I was, I was a fan. I had gone past the role of spectator to the role of player to the true fan. I now view the game and the team of England as part of myself, I realized that Rugby has now reached a level that one other has in my idea of fandom. Rugby in my mind is now equal to baseball but for now it will only be limited to when I watch it.
Rugby wasn’t the only sport in which they dominated. Soccer is another sport that has pique my interest in the past year and a half. Manchester United won 2-1 and now are gearing up for their upcoming matches in the Copa Del Rey. THis tournament features the best teams in the world. And I feel that they are ready to pounce and with the right momentum they could pull an upset and win it all.
Finally we have the return of the greatest sport of all. Today, early this morning pitchers and catchers reported. This happening may not be big to those who are outside of the sports world but to those who anything and for the sports fans everywhere its a mini Christmas in the middle of this gray, boring month. Now the start of the actual season is more than a month away but to me it feels like more than just beginning of a new season its, a new beginning where every team can win it all. For me however I hope that my San Francisco Giants can repeat and make this a dynasty.