Originally Posted by SephClone89
England declined to even compete in the first few World Cups because they felt it was beneath them. They thought it was assumed that because they invented the sport that they would be the best.
The difference is, that by 2006 I think a lot of people in America were wondering if the US was actually the best country at baseball anymore. Japan, the Dominican Republic and Cuba had all shown that they had a lot of quality players who could compete on the US' level. I think that right now the biggest problem the WBC has is that it feels like it's a manufactured event produced at the behest of Bud Selig and Major League Baseball.