By Ryan GorceyOriginally published at Cincy Hardball
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Apart from serving as the lone major international baseball competition since the sports ouster from the Olympics, one of the main goals of the World Baseball Classic since its inception has been to foster the worldwide growth of baseball, to get young people in countries across the globe to pick up a glove and a bat, and start playing.
One of the first children of that generation of international players, ironically enough, wasnt even aware of the Classic when it debuted in 2006. Yet, seven years after that inaugural event, Cincinnati Reds farmhand Donald Lutz is on the verge of becoming the first German national to play in the Major Leagues.
I didnt see it, he laughs bashfully, hiding his face in shame. I didnt even know.
Lutz just started to play baseball towards the end of 2006, and blossomed in 2007, to the point where he was invited to an MLB-sponsored academy in Italy.
Before that, I didnt really have muc...