LARRY JONES - THE UGLY AMERICAN TOURIST
Why is it that when Chipper Jones rips his experience of seven days in Toronto for Round 1 of the World Baseball Classic, we fall all over ourselves looking to refute?
Okay so Larry didn't have a good time, so what? He was hitless and pulled an oblique muscle in his side -- as opposed to the obtuse muscle in his head. It was the middle of March, not the best month to go wander the streets of T-O looking for a warm breeze, an outdoor patio and northern exposure.
First of all, Chipper is in the NL, so not used to the neighbourhoods of the city. Second of all, he is on a team with unfamiliar teammates that don't really want to go out with a hitless wonder from a city with clearly the worst night-time downtown core in the league.
"I don't know if you've ever stayed in Toronto, but it's not Las Vegas." Those are the words that annoy us. Why do people overreact? It's like someone telling you "your wife is no Charlize Theron." Yeah!
As long as you have places to go that you know you'll enjoy, "vive la difference."
As far as Chipper feeling the WBC format needs tweaking, I'll gladly agree with that. As I wrote in an earlier column, it's easy.
Workout day in Round 1 city; then doubleheader; then the next day winner-winner and loser-loser; then the undefeated 2-0 team moves on to next city. The two teams at 1-1 then play for second place...repeat in next city for Round 2. Then play the same Final Four as now and you have the whole thing wrapped up in 11 days including the workout day in the first city. Simple.
As for Chipper's comments -- Chill.