10/28/2005: Gem o'the Day, World Series Edition:
You know what I get sick of hearing? This broken-down cliché of a line:
“How can they call it a World Series when it only involves teams from one country?”
Over the years, it’s been slightly updated to include Canada, but it doesn’t matter: it’s a stupid question. You know why?
The World Series has every right to be called the World Series for the simple reason that it involves the two teams who draw from the talent pool of the best players in the world. And why are the best players in the world playing here, in North America? Because this is where the money is and if it’s one thing we should all know: talent and money will find each other.
So please, until a player the likes of Vladimir Guerrero makes Japan or Mexico or Cuba his first choice as a place to ply his trade during his prime, this is most definitely the World Series.
Semantically and otherwise.
--Jim Baker [Baseball Prospectus]
Len on 10.28.05 @ 10:31 AM CST