February 19, 2009

World Baseball Classic TV schedule released

Per MLB.com, the broadcast schedule for all 39 World Baseball Classic (WBC) games has been released. ESPN and ESPN2 will televise 23 of the games, the MLB Network will broadcast 16 and televise a nightly highlight show, while ESPN Deportes will televise all of the contests. The international tournament features 16 national baseball teams and will be shown in over 200 countries. The tournament begins March 5, and the final series will take place in Dodger Stadium March 21-23, in Los Angeles, Calif.

However, with the recent steroid revelations, there seems to be a bit of skepticism and indifference surrounding this international sporting event.

@sbaggers: i'm ready for the world baseball classic... is that still happening, or are they going to wait for everyone's lab results to come in first?

With the expanded worldwide participation and anticipation, there are still many Twitterers (and journalists) who are not that excited -- steroids or no steroids.

@moskie (Bay Area, Calif.): Wow, the World Baseball Classic starts next month. That snuck up on me. And yes I realize I'm one of 8 people in the U.S. who cares.

@TweetingTigers (Detroit, Mich.): JAMIE SAMUELSEN'S BLOG: Who cares about the World Baseball Classic? http://tinyurl.com/behvap

Regardless of any negative press, this is baseball on a world stage, so there will always be legitimate excitement, according to these Twitterers.

@merv (Pleasanton, Calif.): Just received our tix for world baseball classic semis and finals (LA Dodger stadium). Last time was terrific - can't wait for this year's!

@ElChefis (Mexico, D.F.): intercambio mis organos por boletos del World Baseball Classic (I would trade my organs for tickets to the World Baseball Classic).

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