Baseball is a great uniter
No one could have predicted the World Baseball Classic would have worked this well. What's made it so great is that it has been a celebration of so many baseball cultures. I realize now that one of the people who impacted me most is Bobby Valentine, a man who cares for baseball more than I, because he taught me to respect all those other baseball cultures and how we can learn from each one -- from the way the Korean infielders gather and throw on ground balls to the Cuban fire to Japanese wa to Dominican soul.
And not once last season did the Padres draw as many fans in consecutive games as the Dominican-Cuba and Japan-Korea games drew Saturday.