Move Classic finale to All-Star week

The World Baseball Classic's been great so far, but here's a plan to make it bigger, better, more fun and more impactful.

Originally Published: March 14, 2006
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If you were too busy focusing on the announcement of that Gonzaga-Xavier pairing Sunday night, you missed something great.

U.S. versus Japan. World Baseball Classic. Game on the line every pitch for about an hour and a half. Japan's game-winning run flashing on, then off the scoreboard in the eighth. Junior Griffey, followed by A-Rod, up there with the bases jammed in the ninth.

This was everything the WBC was supposed to be. Stop-whatever-you're-doing tension. Call-in-the-U.N.-Security-Council ...

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