On October 15, 2011 we had the opportunity to see game 1 of the Taiwan Series. The game unfolded into a tapestry of majestic sac bunts, infield choppers, and at least a six pack of double plays.
In terms of overall baseball, the Taiwan pro league is similar to high end ‘AA baseball in the US. On this night the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions won the opening game against the Lamingo Monkeys. At times I thought I was watching the 1991 classic World Series between the Twins and Braves. At others, it resembled a church league softball battle.
Pitching duel you ask? Well, the final was 3-2 in nine innings. The reason the game took four hours…there were a ton of pitching changes, with that, it seemed like 75% of the batters worked a 3-2 count and then fouled off six pitches.
In case you haven’t heard by now…the Lions won the series 4-1. The next Taiwan Series will take place in the fall of 2013. Reserve your cheap airline tickets now to Taiwan and experience this great event.
This stadium looks a lot bigger than the cozy one in Hsinchu. The fans were always more fun to watch than the actual game.
I’ve watched some baseball games in Korea and I’d love to take in one in Taiwan and Japan as well. I know some friends back home were surprised at how seriously they take their baseball in the Far East.