Dodgers Mookie Betts Shares His Thoughts on if the WBC is Meaningless

The World Baseball Classic is in its semifinal stages, and Team USA, Team Cuba, Team Mexico, and Team Japan are one win away from playing for the gold. The games have been action-packed, and the stakes have never been higher for each country.

Although the games have been phenomenal, certain baseball fans aren’t too fond of the “meaningless exhibition games,” as some call it. Some people believe these players are putting mileage into their bodies, which could result in wear and tear into the MLB season. Because of this, many aren’t fans of the WBC, but players participating in it feel the exact opposite.

Dodgers superstar Mookie Betts was asked about the “meaningless exhibition game” comments, and Betts responded by saying these games have been the best he’s ever been a part of.

Don’t just take one of the best players in the league’s words for it; take a look at how these “meaningless games” have Team USA players reacting to a big-time grand slam made by former Dodger Trea Turner in their match against Team Venezuela in the quarterfinals.

The electricity in the building was out of this world. You’d think it was game seven of the World Series. In reality, that’s how these games are; it’s a one-game elimination and these guys want to bring home the gold for their respective countries. This means something to them and their energy and passion show that.

In addition to Team USA, other countries cheer on their teammates when a big play is made; they explode out of the dugout to congratulate their teammates. The only comparison you could make to this type of energy is in the playoffs. So, those “meaningless exhibition game,” comments are full of… you know what.

Mookie Betts and Team USA will look to capture their second consecutive gold medal and make their fans proud.

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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