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.