Right now final 12 months, Taiwanese baseball was nearly the one live sports happening on the planet, and as pleasant because it was to see one thing that felt near regular throughout the chaos of the early levels of the pandemic, the Chinese language Skilled Baseball League has receded to lesser international prominence now that sports activities are happening once more across the globe.
After all, that doesn’t imply they’re not nonetheless taking part in baseball in Taiwan, and morning in America means it’s baseball time throughout the Pacific. On Friday, there was extra than simply baseball to see.
Earlier than the Rakuten Monkeys-Chinatrust Brothers recreation at Taoyuan Worldwide Baseball Stadium, followers noticed and heard Maurizio Zavatta carry out a music, “Stronger Collectively,” devoted to those that have misplaced family members throughout the pandemic. That’s good, however not so outstanding… besides that Zavatta performed the music on guitar and sang it whereas strolling a tightrope between the proper subject bleachers and the primary grandstand.
It’s as much as you to resolve whether or not that’s roughly spectacular than Zavatta’s tightrope stroll between two transferring automobiles for a Skoda industrial, however clearly the person could be very gifted at this.
In the meantime, on the different finish of Taiwan, within the southern metropolis of Tainan, the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions had a ceremonial first pitch that raises lots of questions answered neither by the outline of “bread-themed 1st pitch ceremony,” nor by Google Translate’s interpretation of the Chinese language from the CPBL’s YouTube channel, “Grasp Wen Shicheng, Baking Director of Uni-President Group, and Grasp Luo Enjoyable from Jingying Lodge, had a great objective for the sport.”
It’s not clear which man is which, however the three-foot hero roll as a bat not less than makes some sense. However is that… a bread ball? And why have been each an everyday baseball and this mysterious orb on supply for the primary pitch?
Maybe the Futon Guardians have been simply as confused, as a result of former Purple Sox farmhand Teddy Stankiewicz threw his first full recreation in Taiwan, putting out 10 within the Lions’ 5-1 victory.