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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On September 18th, we met with a great group of kids and their fabulous coaches from the Feng Tai Experimental School in Beijing for baseball and a great dinner afterwards. This group couldn’t have been nicer to us. On the baseball front, their stadium is absolutely gorgeous — better than any I’ve seen in the U.S. (although I haven’t been to Williamsport yet), and the players were serious and very good. Afterwards, they took us to a local Chinese restaurant, and we had a feast. It was terrific to see our two children talking to and having fun with these terrific young athletes in Beijing!
My trip blog covers this great experience for us — http://ted.dintersmith.org/2007/09/20/baseball-in-beijing/
We really appreciate the kindness and hospitality of this team, and had a fabulous time. We wish them all the best going forward, and they made our visit to Beijing very special!
On September 3rd (my very understanding wife’s birthday!), we kicked off our "Baseball Ambassadors" program with a get together with players from an excellent baseball program in Adelaide, Austrailia. You can read all about it at on my trip blog — http://ted.dintersmith.org/2007/09/05/baseball-in-adelaide/.
But we were really impressed with their facility (they call the field "The Holy Grail" because it is so special, and the talents of their players. Given the athleticism of the Aussies, it’s clear they could become a big baseball power. And they are very excited that Little League is now coming to their area this season!
It was really terrific for us to not only play baseball with these great players, but to meet them and their families. They organized a great dinner after the game for us, and we had a blast. They gave us some great keepsakes for our time with them, which we will always treasure. It was a real highlight of our time in Australia!