If I was a betting man, and I don't have any money, so I'm not, I would have to think about putting some money on the World Baseball Classic. These are the current odds:
The Dominican Republic and the US are the favorites. Then Japan and Cuba. That would make a good final four. But you don't just bet straight up on this. You have to play the odds and hedge your bets.
Dominican Republic 7-5
Puerto Rico 12-1
Chinese Taipei 40-1
South Africa 100-1
There doesn't seem to be much love for Puerto Rico or Canada, who should have strong teams, but have a bad pool draw. And Italy and the Netherlands, both with a large group of former major leaguers, get no love at all. And the poor South Africans are as low as they can go, because it doesn't go worse than 100-1.
There are betting shops all over the United Kingdom. They're on every corner. Its the British version of Starbucks. So it might be a worthwhile investment to put £20 on the US and the Dominican Republic. And $5 on Italy and the Netherlands, because if they happen to get lucky, so do I.