The World Baseball Classic drew plenty of attention from the sports world. ESPN's Stephen A. Smith even went as far as to call the WBC “must watch.” Smith believes that the Mike Trout versus Shohei Ohtani final at-bat was especially good for baseball, per Smith's Twitter.

“Ohtani is big time,” Smith said on ESPN First Take. “Nobody is going to argue about it (Ohtani potentially earning $600 million in free agency) because this brother can hit and pitch, he is something special… and when he's closing, who's waiting for him? His teammate, who happens to be, when healthy, one of the greatest players in the history of the game in Mike Trout. Nobody is going to deny that.”

Smith then explained why the Trout-Ohtani World Baseball Classic at-bat was pivotal for the game. He said that by “providing theatre,” which is what Trout facing Ohtani accomplished, more fans will be drawn to baseball.

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“You don't want to see Shohei Ohtani against just anybody! You want to see him against the likes of somebody like Mike Trout… it's me against you baby! Let's get it on! Bam!”

“Moments like that is what baseball is supposed to be about,” Smith added.

The World Baseball Classic was unquestionably good for the game as MLB continues to look for ways to grow. Baseball is still America's Pastime, but it has lost some interest over the years. However, continuing to develop and market superstars will only help matters. And the WBC certainly helped in that regard.