With Ichiro Suzuki collecting the game-winning hit for Japan with his two-RBI double in the top of the 10th inning, Japan won their second consecutive World Baseball Classic in stunning fashion, 5-3. The thrilling game ended the event that is currently occurring every 3-years, but also highlights the WBC's increased popularity.
Tonightโs attendance of 54,846 at Dodger Stadium was the largest crowd in World Baseball Classic history, eclipsing the 45,640 fans that attended the game between Japan and Korea on March 7, 2009 at the Tokyo Dome. The 2009 World Baseball Classic drew a grand total of 801,408 with an average of 20,549 per game (39 games). The 2009 total surpasses the 2006 total attendance of 737,112 and per game average of 18,900 (39 games) by more than 8.5 percent.
Source: World Baseball Classic, Inc.
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