On October 1st (a national holiday in China), we had a chance to play baseball with a team of college players at the East China Normal University in Shanghai. Coach Pan Wen (nickname of "Goose") has done a great job of generating enthusiasm there, and there are now four teams actively playing baseball (including a women’s softball team). We played for a couple of hours and had a blast! One of the challenges in China in general is the lack of open space for fields. These players were able to set up a makeshift baseball diamond on a lawn on their campus, and had a bunch of curious people watching. My son got a chance to pitch and play second base, and the players there were really nice to him and his sister.
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