LA Review of Books: Take Me Out to the Ballgame, in Taipei


Golf on Monday, baseball today … based on what I’ve been writing lately, I probably seem like more of a sports fan than I actually am. Just a coincidence, though.

Well, not completely. I am a huge baseball fan and don’t get to indulge this passion when I’m here in Shanghai. That’s one of the reasons I was so happy to spend two weeks in Taiwan last month, where I made it to not one but two baseball games. I wrote about those experiences in my latest LA Review of Books China Blog post:

At precisely 6:35pm on a Thursday night, exactly as scheduled, the ChinaTrust Brother Elephants took the field at Taipei’s Xinzhuang Stadium, their bumblebee-yellow uniforms sharp against the deep green of the grass. Alone, with nearly an entire section of the outfield stands to myself, I leaned back in my seat and watched the first Uni-President 7-Eleven Lion step into the batter’s box. I had no idea who he was or how his season was going. I didn’t know who was pitching, or which team had the better record.

I didn’t care. I just wanted to watch a baseball game.

Taiwan is pretty great, and the availability of baseball games (and their cheap tickets!) is one of the many things that make it so.

Read the rest of the post over at the China Blog.

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