An article in the Baltimore Sun this morning debates the entertainment value of a baseball competition called the World Baseball Classic, where writer Bill Ordine suggests that he would rather (and quite genuinely, it seems) join us in Atlanta for the World Barista Championship.

Now, the aforementioned World Barista Championship – I wasn’t making that up – that’s a spectacle I want to see on ESPN2.

Scores of world-class competitors from around the globe whipping up caffeinated concoctions in the compulsory espresso and cappuccino categories and then trying to dazzle the judges in the freestyle “signature drinks” category.

So this year’s barista battle is April 16-19 in Atlanta with 56 nations expected.

Are you a fan of the World Baseball Classic?