Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, claimed that the current WBC has been helped the popularity of the sport in the U.S.
The World Baseball Classic has been held four times in total; but, the United States of America has not won the tournament once. The tournament, which attracts healthy viewership and tourists from all over the world, has been held all four times in the United States of America. The viewership and attendance in the U.S. has wavered. This U.S. team has taken the tournament by storm with its success, however, and the attendance has seen a spike because of the youth, energy, and play of the home team.
“We’ve had crowds that not only were record-number crowds, but had passion that it’s hard to think where you saw something that good the last time,” said Manfred before the U.S. team faced a Puerto Rican team in the tournament final on Wednesday. “Just really amazing. And best of all, the games on the field have been absolutely unbelievable, compelling. Our players at their best, combined with a little nationalism, has really been a great thing.”
U.S. manager, Jim Leyland believes his team, which includes such players as GianCarlo Stanton and Andrew McCutcheon, has begun a revolution in American fandom where the tournament is concerned.
“I think we’ve at least been a small part of maybe putting this WBC on the map for the United States more so than in the past,” said Leyland. “I’m hoping in the future that a lot of the players have seen what’s happened here, and will be a little bit more excited about playing in this event.”