Is it because of the continuity of international competitions following the World Cup in Qatar, or because of the mobilization of major league superstars? The fever for the World Baseball Classic (WBC) is hot. There was more than a month left until the tournament started, but all tickets to the finals were sold out.
According to Japan’s ‘Sankei Sports’, on the 20th (hereinafter Korean time), the Miami Marlins disclosed the current status of WBC ticket sales going on at Londipo Park on March 22, and all tickets for the semifinals and quarterfinals, including the final, were sold out.
The WBC, which has not been held due to the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), will be held in March for the first time in six years since 2017. It was hard to see players in the major leagues at the Olympics and the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Premier 12, but the WBC is a little different.
The WBC, hosted by the Major League Secretariat, has had a large number of big leaguers participate. Since then, the appearances of major leaguers have begun to decrease little by little, but this year, superstars are all out. In the U.S., Mike Trout (LA Angels), 메이저놀이터 a major league hitter, will wear the captain’s armband.
In addition to Trout, Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers), Adam Wainwright, Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado (above St. Louis Cardinals), and JT Realmuto (Philadelphia Phillies) were named on the national team roster. If there is no variable called injury, you can see them playing in the same uniform.
The Dominican Republic also joined major league top players such as Juan Soto and Manny Machado (above San Diego Padres), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto Blue Jays), Wander Franco, Julio Rodriguez (Tampa Bay Rays), and Rafael Devers (Boston Red Sox). .
The same goes for Asian teams. In Korea, Ha-seong Kim (San Diego), Tommy Edman (St. Louis), and Ji-man Choi (Pittsburgh Pirates) were included in the 30-man roster. , Lars Nutba (St. Louis), and Masataka Yoshida (Boston) were named to the final roster.
Heat is very hot. Tickets for the Tokyo Dome, where the WBC Group B match will be held, were sold out early on. The scalping price has already jumped several times. If you haven’t booked tickets, it’s not easy to see Korean players play in person at the Tokyo Dome. Games at Londippo Park are no different.
Group D matches held at Londipor Park in Miami, Florida, USA, and matches between Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, excluding weak teams such as Israel and Nicaragua, are all sold out. In addition, despite the fact that the opponent has not been decided yet, all tickets for the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals at Londippo Park have been sold.
Like football’s greatest World Cup, in baseball, the WBC has no competition of comparable scale. As long as you can see major league superstars playing in the same uniform, the heat of the WBC is getting hotter.