why is the U.S World Series called that when no one else in the world plays in it?
It's historic; it was presumed that the best team in American pro baseball was unquestionably the best in the world. Baseball, after all, was identified with America.
It's not clear that it's wrong, even today. Cuba, if I recall correctly, has been the dominant power in Olympic baseball, but they've never played against a top-flight pro team. (Of course, an American top-flight pro team today might well *include* Cuban players, as well as Dominicans, Japanese or Canadians--actually, the list at Wikipedia lists 16 nationalities besides Americans.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cu … ationality
The conundrum won't be solved any time soon; baseball has been voted off the 'Olympic island," making South Korea the last Olympic baseball gold medal team--for the present, at least.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_a … r_Olympics
I don't know, I've often wondered. Is it the arrogance that some people in the US have that the rest of the world is irrelevant, which may account for why many people from the US ignore all the other countries in N and S America and call the US, America? Thats a bit like England calling itself, Europe, or Ghana calling itself Africa. Or is it the over exageration that so often plagues people who organise these events and bill them such, or bill them, 'the all time best...'? I doubt that this mystery will ever be solved.
The World Series does include countries outside the US though not many other countries play baseball, it is a US sporting pleasure. I think I remember Japan in this event.
It's pretty simple...we think we're the best at everything. For the same reason, the winner of the Super Bowl and NBA Championship are oftentimes refered to as 'World Champions.' For football and basketball, it's clear that we have the best players and teams in the world. Baseball gets interesting though. We may have many of the best players in the world because of the money we offer to players. Most of the top foreign players want to make a living playing baseball, and naturally they'll go to wherever is paying the most money and provides the best competition. I'd say there's a strong chance one of the Major League Baseball teams could lose in a series against a team from another country. It's obvious that Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Japan, and other countries have a good amount of talent. In reality, it's not fair to call it the World Series when only US teams play.
Soldiers in Vietnam used to say they wanted to go "..back to the World." .... meaning America. I think every nation has this kind of Love-of-Country. Germans call it their Fatherland. Everyone loves their own country and yes it is arrogance, but all nations are guilty of it. Don't just accuse America of it --- as though you are not guilty too.
It would be really cool if the wordl series champion went on to play championship tteams form otehr countries, in order to be true world champs. They neeed to sync up all the seasons for that to happen though, which could be difficult.
Perhaps it's a bit of parochialism, but it also shows how limited the scope of baseball is. Cricket has a World Cup, but it is really popular only in the Commonwealth. They should call that the Commonwealth Cup. However, the World Series far more overdone with the parochialism.
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