The Los Angeles Dodgers’ opening day isn’t until April 3, but you don’t need to wait until then to see major leaguers playing ball in Dodger Stadium. The fourth edition of the World Baseball Classic happens this spring, and the championship round takes place at Dodger Stadium, with semifinal games March 20-21 and the title game March 22.
In this unique competition, teams composed of major league players from 16 countries face off. The initial rounds will be played in South Korea, Mexico, Tokyo, Miami and San Diego. This year’s Classic features two new nations, Colombia and Israel, competing against prior champs the Dominican Republic (2013) and Japan (2006 and 2009), plus teams representing Canada, Cuba, China, Australia and the U.S.
A WBC game is like a cross between an all-star game and a World Cup soccer match. Fans bring their nation’s flags and other items (Korean fans, for example, often come armed with thundersticks) to cheer on their teams. There is a festive atmosphere that you have to experience to understand.
To get the inside pitch on the World Baseball Classic, go to www.worldbaseballclassic.com.