The game was as good as I expected and to see Daisuke Matsuzaka pitch the way he did was incredible. That guy has got to get to the US and pitch in Major League Baseball. Not only does he throw hard, he seems to have exceptional control. Going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in the tournament was worthy of the MVP trophy which he received. The entire Japanese team played the way they always play and that was plenty good enough with a victory over a tough Cuba team. It is a testament to how baseball had grown throughout the world when there are only two Major League players left playing in the tournament in Ichiro and Akinori Otsuka. Many of the Cuban players and Japanese players belong in MLB, but due to contracts and other issues they are still playing in their own countries.
What a treat this Classic was for me and many others around the world. I truly believe this was one of the best ideas MLB has come up with and as fans, we can expect to see even more talent arriving to our favorite clubs(or probably just the Yankee$). Thanks MLB for making the final month of winter tolerable and now I’m even more excited to get the regular season underway.