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I was doing a crossword puzzle today, and I had an 8 letter word with the clue "A stick and ball game being reintroduced to the 2020 Olympics." At first I thought it was cricket, but then that was a 7 letter word, and then I plugged in baseball, and I was not only surprised that it was correct, but I was surprised they they're bringing it back to the Olympics. So I looked it up and found an article that confirms it.
The title of this thread should have been, "A Real World Series, At Last," but I didn't want to confuse anyone. But it's true. In my opinion we haven't been able to see a real baseball championship between different countries(not counting the Little League World Series) since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the USA won 3 gold, and 1 silver. Baseball wasn't included in the London or Rio Olympics, but it's back, at least for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I think I'll be watching the Summer Olympics more closely next year, to say the least.
In the national spectrum of baseball, the founding country of the sport, USA, will have stiff competition. For one, baseball is Japan's most-loved national sport, not to mention, Cuba. I'm interested to see how our baseball champs will stack up to that of those two countries at least. If you think about it, we heavily recruit from both countries. Just because they didn't originate the sport that is called "Americas Favorite Pastime," both Cuba and Japan are legit contenders. I'm confident that it won't be a mop up like in basketball during the 1992 Summer Olympics, #Dreamteam. ;)
So am I off my rocker? Will a baseball shootout between countries be as exciting as I think it will be? Are there other countries that Team USA should watch out for?