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No one went to the Cuba-China WBC game in Japan

Mar 4, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Cuba blew out China in the World Baseball Classic yesterday, winning 12-0 in a game that was called after seven innings due to the mercy rule. It wasn’t much to see and there weren’t many people there to see it.

Officially the announced attendance for the game in Japan was 3,123, which is pretty bad in itself, but Ben Badler of Baseball America was there and snapped this photo of the “crowd” just moments before the first pitch:

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In his game recap Badler writes that “in reality, there appeared to be about 86 fans in the stadium … creating the feeling of an Arizona Fall League game in a dome.”

Something to think about when reading the various articles scolding American fans for not being interested enough in the WBC.

  1. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    best comment of his during the game

  2. darthicarus - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    On the flip-side the games in Taiwan appeared to be SRO. Go figure.

    • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Mea culpa. I live just the other side of the planet and I didn’t go either.

  3. vansloot - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Let’s see, no one from Cuba (other than the players) were probably allowed to leave the island (and probably couldn’t afford it if they could), and the Chinese would basically be watching their team get decimated by the best team in the WBC. I can’t figure out why no one would want to watch that…

    • paperlions - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Very true. But many have stated or strongly if you like baseball then you will pay to watch ANY baseball and that if you don’t love the WBC you are not as big of a baseball fan as someone that does love the WBC. This criticism has especially been aimed at US citizens, when in fact, we don’t appear to be unique in this regard.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

        So you concede that you are not a real baseball fan?

      • paperlions - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        ppptttptptptttptptp!

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        Say it, don’t spray it, dude.

      • Gamera the Brave - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        http://markosun.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/cats-bill-the-cat.jpg?w=215
        That dude knows how to say “ppptttptptptttptptp!”

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        Wow, your fan club is out today. I guess I won’t be arguing with you anymore today. Geez.

    • blacksables - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      I’m sure there were thousands of Japanese just dying for the chance to go root for the Chinese. Gee, can’t imagine what might have kept them away?

  4. samgod13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    China and Japan are feuding right now. Could there be a political aspect to why no one went?

    • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Sure there is, but the minute you bring up politics here lots of folks, who think baseball inhabits a separate, apolitical reality zone (nyuknyuknyuk) swarm the blog bitching like someone just gave them all a supreme wedgie.

      • stlouis1baseball - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Right…which means I am not to far off in my post. Correct?
        Specifically, they have been “mixing it up” for centuries. Or no?

    • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      China and Japan are feuding right now.

      Bahahahahahahahahahaha

      • paperlions - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:25 AM

        Well they ARE!….of course, they also were last year, last decade, last century, last millennium, and last epoch…but those feuding times likely didn’t affect attendance today as much as them feuding right now.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM

        paper, you are thinking like a Stater. We are a young country and don’t remember things past last year. Not everyone works that way. F- Oliver Cromwell!!!!!

      • paperlions - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Yeah, that’s probably true. It is easy to tell someone else to just let that shit go (or to think that they have)….much harder to do it.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        Oh, I don’t think we should let these things go.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Sam: China and Japan are always feuding.

      • Old Gator - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        Ackcherley, they’ve been mixing it up, militarily or verbally, since 1894 (from a modern standpoint). But the history of Japanese and Chinese collisions, mostly in or over Korea, go back for centuries.

        Think of France and Germany.

      • Gamera the Brave - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:29 PM

        Been to France and Germany.
        Frankly, I have thought about them enough…

  5. pike573 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    I watched some of Cuba vs Brazil and it was equally empty.

    • geoknows - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      You took the words right out of my mouth (or fingers, as it were…). Unless Japan was playing, all the games I saw that took place in Fukuoka were virtually unattended. Let’s see if the same happens when Round 2 commences in Tokyo this weekend.

  6. danglickman - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    From previous games I’ve seen, it seems the Japanese only go when Japan is playing, and the Taiwanese only go when Taiwan (“Chinese Taipei”) is playing. One of the main reasons (amongst several others) that the finals are always in the USA, where curiosity factor and a diverse population mean the finals are a sell-out.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Damn homers. Staters will watch ANYONE play.

      /s

  7. hojo20 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I would imagine a Cuban would have to work a whole year to afford R/T airfare to Japan.

    • cackalackyank - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Only ONE year? I am thinking 2 or 3.

  8. cackalackyank - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Shocking…just shocking.

  9. glennsyank13 - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Please get rid of the WBC.

    • danglickman - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM

      Tell that to the fans that pack the stadiums when Japan plays. Actually, don’t- you might not get out alive.

  10. Francisco (FC) - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    In his game recap Badler writes that “in reality, there appeared to be about 86 fans in the stadium … creating the feeling of an Arizona Fall League game in a dome.”

    Or the soon-to-be feeling of 2013 Regular Season Miami Marlins games.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      https://twitter.com/BenBadler/status/308478234243239936

    • indaburg - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      That picture is what we call Tuesday at the Trop.

      • slavetothetrafficlight - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        No, that’s Olympic Stadium 1995-2004. The Trop ain’t that bad…yet

  11. 12strikes - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    What are you talking about… the place was packed. Lennay Kekua and her family purchased all the seats.

  12. Bob Timmermann - Mar 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    The WBC games in Japan that haven’t involved in Japan have always drawn poorly. The tickets are not inexpensive either.

    Also, the games without Japan are scheduled for afternoon starts, which aren’t particularly popular in Japan.

    Of the six games scheduled for Phoenix, two were moved over to a smaller facility: Italy vs Mexico and Italy vs Canada.

  13. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Seems I’m not the only fan boycotting the WBC until Iceland is allowed to have David Ortiz play for their team!

  14. kw27p - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    WBC= wicked boring crap

  15. doclolly - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    are you sure this wasnt citi field

  16. rcali - Mar 4, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    I forgot, what’s the purpose of this tournament again?

  17. cktai - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    For what it’s worth, I woke up at 5:30 in the morning to watch Australia vs Netherlands.

    • cktai - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      Australian starting pitcher was the former MVP of the Holland series. Interesting. Although none of the Dutch batting line-up has played in the Dutch league. Maybe if Duursma or Van Driel come in.

      • cktai - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        Dutch starting pitcher is the legendary Rob Cordemans: Holland Series MVP, Overall MVP and 7 time pitcher of the year.

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        Home-run by Jonathon Schoop :D 4-0 for the Netherlands

      • cktai - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        Cordemans is out after reaching the pitch limit (boo), 5 scoreless innings with only two hits against.

        He is replaced by another Dutch league legend, David Bergman: the current Holland Series MVP and former pitcher of the year.

  18. mazblast - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    There were far more people at the AFL game I attended at Phoenix Municipal last November, and hundreds of times more at the AFL All-Star Game at Salt River.

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