this is very disappointing, but i understand...i guess...baseball just isn't a very popular outside north america and some countries in asia and latin america...which leaves us europe for the most part. i can see a sport like....beach soccer being more popular than baseball and softball in the olympics.
I know what you're saying, but it shouldn't be about popularity. Rogge himself said:
http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/arti ... p&c_id=mlb
Rogge urged the 100-plus members to vote strictly on the technical merits of the sports and not for subjective, political or personal reasons.
Sadly, I guess a lot of IOC members didn't follow his lead - baseball would surely stay in if it was purely about technical merit.
The saddest thing from my point of view (and it is selfish, I admit), is that the UK finally had the opportunity to have a purpose-built stadium for baseball, which would surely have helped increase the game's popularity in this country. There are already at least 45 teams who play in the UK's baseball leagues, and I am sure that more young people would have been inspired to take up the game (or softball for that matter) if they had seen it at the London Olympics.