The world is shrinking

The Japan-Cuba final was more than just a baseball game. It was about two very different cultures and histories colliding.

Originally Published: March 19, 2006
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

SAN DIEGO -- They won't be just two baseball teams colliding on the same field.

That, we've seen before. That, in fact, you can see every night at a stadium near you.

But when Japan meets Cuba on a historic Monday evening in San Diego, what will unfold is something bigger, something grander, something much more fascinating.

This is the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. But it's more. It's about two very different cultures colliding. It's about two very different ...

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