I had yet to watch a single inning of the WBC until this afternoon, but, Man what an inning I saw. Brad Lidge eeked past danger, Derk Jeter got plunked in the back (tying my stomach in knots) and A-Rod singled in the game winning run with the bases loaded as the U.S. beat Japan 4-3.
A major drawback all along for me was, besides the possibility of injury, that there were no stakes to be played for. From what I saw, the game was tense and seemed meaningful. It's been so long since I've seen some baseball being played and the inning that I saw impressed me. I've come out strongly against the WBC, but this game has, at the very least, caught my attention. Although this interest may go down the tubes with one broken arm or torn knee ligament. Hopefully A-Rod can reconjure that game winning magic in October (and November) when it really matters.
Updated from Jamato:
My Two Cents
It was a great game and I'm glad Jaime is starting to see the light and realize the WBC is a lot of fun. However, Japan got screwed.