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Japan wins second World Baseball Classic

March 24, 2009

Major League Baseball has attempted to increase interest in, and business for, it’s product by creating what has been called the “world cup of baseball”, the World Baseball Classic. If this year’s version, which ended last night with a second victory in as many years for the team from Japan, is any indication, the Classic seems to be well on it’s way to establishing itself as a premier sporting event on the world stage.

From Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci:

If you could hear yourself think at Dodger Stadium Monday — and such an ordinary task became a downright challenge amid the 54,846 flag-waving, drum-beating, thunderstick-whacking, whistle-blowing, aisle-dancing zealots as Japan battled Korea in a final straight out of 1960s Americana — what you understood was that the World Baseball Classic grew bigger and better in its second incarnation.

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