So, the World Baseball Classic is over with Japan hammering Cuba 10-6.
Before this thing started up, I remember reading several sportswriters (though I didn't, at the time, think to copy the links) that didn't even want Cuba to come to this big dance. Their fears? A Cuban win, especially over the United States, would give Castro a 'Lake Placid Miracle' moment.
Were those sportswriters right to be worried? How much face do we stand to loose when the US participates in such events around the world? I remember several years ago, the US national soccer team got into a World Cup group with Iran and Yugoslavia & how that was viewed. I will always remember Chastain & the US Women's Team defeating China in free kicks.
But how much impact do y'all think those big international events, and exclusion or boycotting them, affect things on the worldwide stage?