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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Diamond Dirt: Watch baseball and feel warmer

  • Now I'm no doctor, just not part of my plan, but if you want to feel warmer or think happy thoughts of summer, take in the sport we all know in love. BASEBALL!
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  • Well here we go again, another dumping of snow.
    The roads aren't the greatest, everything seems to shut down and cause a number of inconveniences. Not fun. At. All.
    I know what some of you are thinking, "When will this end?" Or perhaps it's something along the lines of, "I'm ready for winter to be over." Trust me, I know how you feel.
    Now I'm no doctor, just not part of my plan, but if you want to feel warmer or think happy thoughts of summer, take in the sport we all know in love. BASEBALL!
    Yes, the season officially starts April 1, however, we are just four days away from the start of the World Baseball Classic: A three-week international tournament of baseball stars from around the globe competing for baseball bragging rights.
    Some may not care for it, some may not think it matters much because it's not Major League Baseball (and that's half-true) but here's the best excuse to watch: IT'S BASEBALL!
    What better way to get away from it all and feel like it's much nicer outside — without all the snow — then with the greatest game there's ever been.
    I think the World Baseball Classic has a different view here in America than it does in the other countries that participate. Here there is shared lore and followings. You may root for Italy — like I am — because you've got Italian roots or whatever nationality you have in your family tree. Of course it's a little of a struggle to root when the team you've adopted is playing the United States. I'll have that issue in the first round.
    And then there's maybe a favorite MLB player or someone from your favorite MLB team playing for their respective country, so you jump on that bandwagon.
    However, the way I see it anyway, for other countries and other players representing their countries in the games, this is time to get noticed by baseball scouts who may not have seen them before.
    There may be an unknown player from Asia, Latin America or Europe who finally gets his big baseball chance given his performance in the World Baseball Classic.
    There could be a team that comes out of nowhere and puts popular baseball countries to shame until the next World Baseball Classic.
    The Chinese could knock out Venezuela. A weak team like Canada could dominate against Mexico. And if all the stars align right, perhaps the Italians could make it to the championship round.
    Think of it as baseball olympiad for three weeks and anything could happen with Cinderella stories and dark horses.
    I'm getting warmed up and excited just thinking about it.
    Snow? Okay, it's on the ground. But, hey, baseball is on TV. If you're going to be stuck inside, you might as well have something on that makes you feel good and is fun to watch, right?
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