No, I really mean it. F**K The World. Well, at least the World Baseball Classic.
I was supportive of the return of the WBC after a six-year hiatus, if only for the greater good of the sport and growing it in countries where not only could talent be gleaned but international revenue could improve, something that has been proven to be crucial to the mercurial growth of the NBA and NFL.
But I have a favorite team for the rest of the year. And, as I’m sure you know by know, THIS happened last night: Per USA Today’s Gabe Lacques:
A glorious moment for Puerto Rico turned into the darkest hour of the spring for Edwin Diaz and the New York Mets. The ripple effects will last the entirety of this upcoming season.
Diaz, the Mets’ outstanding closer whose $105 million contract was a crucial portion of the club’s massive offseason spending in hopes of a World Series run, crumbled to the turf amid Puerto Rico’s celebration after eliminating the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night.
Subsequent tests revealed a patellar tendon injury that will sideline Diaz an estimated eight months, Mets GM Billy Eppler told reporters Thursday. It is a blow to his Puerto Rican brothers and his Mets teammates both.
Team USA’s stars downplayed the concept that Diaz was injured in an event that ranges somewhere between glorified exhibition and full-throated international competition, depending on one’s perspective. It could have happened anywhere, they said after advancing to join Puerto Rico in the WBC quarterfinals.