Fukudome to Team Japan
Based on the reports I've seen, our little Fukker will be one of 5 major leaguers to play on Team Japan for the WBC this year. I know that some people have been opposed to that on account of how badly he tanked at the end of last season, but look at it this way:
Over the winter, Fukudome has surely been trying to work out the kinks of his swing (you know, the one where he corkscrews himself and almost falls over). The sooner he sees competitive pitching, the sooner he'll know for sure if he's fixed his stroke. Not to mention he'll likely be prepared to play sooner, and preparation can never be a bad thing.
As far as the WBC goes, I'm opposed to the best ML pitchers participating because it seemed to mess them up the last time around and baseball arms tend to be conditioned for about 200 innings of work and the more they throw before April, the worse they may do in September.
I do like the competition, though. It's just a nifty idea which is poorly executed. I really think the best time to play it would be in November, when everybody would still be in good competitive condition and would not be at risk of ruining their season based on play in the WBC. But that idea just makes too much sense and Bud likes the idea of the WBC being a bookend to the World Series.