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Schmuck: WBC brings out the personality and flair the majors so badly need

Schmuck: WBC brings out the personality and flair the majors so badly need

If the World Baseball Classic taught us anything about our "national pastime," it might be that some other countries have a lot more fun playing baseball than we do.

Maybe it comes from having your country’s name on your uniform -- especially for Latin players -- but when Nelson Cruz hit that huge home run to help the Dominican Republic score a heart-stopping comeback victory over the United States in the first round, his joy was unrestrained and nobody in a Team USA jersey complained after the game that he was violating some stodgy unwritten code of conduct.

Nobody said, "Hey Nelson, act like you've been there." No one begrudged him or the Dominican fans...

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