The World Baseball Classic begins today. The Classic brings the world’s best baseball players together to compete while representing their home countries. For the first time ever, Israel is fielding a team and playing in the first round against South Korea. In order for a player to be eligible to play for a country, they need to be able to apply for citizenship of that country, so in order to qualify for the Israeli team (Israel offers citizenship to anyone Jewish), officials had to track down parents’ birth certificates and Bar/Bat Mitzvah certificates. The Israeli mascot is called “Mensch on a Bench“. Players from around the world celebrate this tournament. According to Carlos Beltran, who is playing for Puerto Rico, “As a player, you play for your country, and no one wants to lose. So every player that has the opportunity to play in a [meaningful] game, we’re always going to give what we have.”
For some reason, Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban is telling people OKC Superstar Russell Westbrook should not be considered in the mix for MVP. The only players he’d consider are James Harden and LeBron James. Westbrook has been leading the League in scoring, but Cuban apparently has a bias against Westbrook as he still doesn’t believe he’s MVP status.