On the Rays broadcast today, broadcasters Dewayne Staats and Brian Anderson entertained emails from fans around the world. During the course of their discussion, the United Kingdom made its presence known as Rays fans from the mother country began sending their regards from across the pond.â†µ
It is now widely believed that baseball originated in Britain, descending from this game, rounders:â†µâ†µ
Despite the broadcast team's ruminations, I'm not sure the Rays are in fact the UK's or Europe's team. I suspect that the Yankees, like they do in most other facets, overwhelm the field. The Rays may have the advantage of being in a vacation destination, but few things are as uniquely "American" as New York and the New York Yankees.â†µ
Of course, I disdain the New York Yankees, have no intentions of visiting their fair city, and feel it is a poor proxy of American culture and identity. It does make a body wonder, though, what is the most popular MLB team internationally? And, if it is somehow the Rays, how can the team take advantage of that?