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“There’s no clock, you sacrifice yourself for the team, everything is in threes ...” .
At the same time, in conversations with Chinese officials, the game is spun as a geopolitical weapon: a way for the competition-mad nation to top its regional rivals, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan, where baseball has flourished for decades..
/facepalm , really? Confucian analogy?
if you're willing to expand to china, why not expand to those other east Asian countries with established baseball first?
heck, why not have a team in Honolulu?
Probably one way to get the Chinese government to get interested in it is if the WBC eventually gains legitimacy (or baseball becomes a meaningful part of the Olympics)*.
"And you know, baseball is a lot like Chinese food too. You watch a great game, and an hour later, you're ready for the second game of a doubleheader."
My dad spent a few months after retirement freelancing for a Chinese manufacturing company without knowing this aspect of the culture. He'd see something that could be changed to increase quality and save money, point out to his immediate supervisor that it could be changed, and then nothing would happen. Drove him crazy, as he had worked for 30+ years in a place where it didn't really matter where ideas came from.
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but that's what I've gleaned from books and people who've worked in China. Approaching a business venture in China like you'd approach it in the United States is a spectacularly terrible idea.
Really we need at least one ethnic Chinese star pitcher to face off against Kuroda or another Japanese star a few times a year, then hype those games.
Don't think we've had a Taiwanese player at the level of a Suzuki or Matsui.
When I think "egalitarian", I think of Jordan or Kobe taking half of their team's shots in a game.
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