I'll admit that watching baseball late at night from Taiwan interested me, if only for an inning or so. Not so much for the product on the field, which was minor league at best, but for the fans banging their thunder sticks together in synchronized precision.
At least the home team had fans. First-round World Baseball Classic games that didn't feature the host country in both Taiwan and Japan drew a few hundred people at best, and even they didn't seem terribly interested in the action.
That may change this weekend, with the tournament now moving to the United States and Puerto Rico. At the last WBC in 2009, Japan and Korea played before a packed house in the final at Dodger Stadium, and everyone agreed it was a fine night for baseball.
But despite all of Commissioner Bud Selig's best intentions, the WBC isn't any better in its third incarnation than it was in the first two. The timing is terrible, the pitch count limits are a joke unless you play for the Washington Nationals, an...