If the focus was to make the game "international", I can certainly see the logic. But, right now, the consumer base is in North America. To not have NA paying attention to the start of the season seems ludicrous. Honestly, I remember the Japan series. Got up at 4 and watched. Because it was "unique" and MLB put it out there for the NA consumer. That wasn't the case this time. If not for Puig/Mattingly, I still might not know about this series. I just don't see how someone like me could possibly not know. And, if I didn't know, any somewhat casual baseball fan still has no idea.