I am getting a big kick out of the World Baseball Classic. I love baseball in general, and seeing the passion these teams bring to the games is great. I have been watching as many games as I can. It's interesting to note that almost every team in the Classic has advertising on their uniforms or batting helmets. I did some research, and the only two teams definitely not wearing ads on their uniforms are those old pals the US & Cuba. I was not able to find good pictures of Panama or South Africa, but everyone else had some ads on their uniforms. The ads ranged from the strange (A big ugly yellow Best Buy patch on Puerto Rico) to the strangely appropriate (the familiar golden arches on Japan's batting helmets.) Even friend of the revolution, Venezuela has ads for a telecom company. I guess Hugo was too busy defending his players (and that is a wonderfully random story!) to notice.
So, here's to the US & Cuba (and possibly South Africa & Panama) for remaining ad free. I am always a little surprised by how sacrosanct we treat our sports teams, and how against ads we are. I mean, I'm glad that most major league sports don't let the players become billboards (except for Nike of course..) but it just seems so.. Unamerican.
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