The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) has come to worldwide baseball fans’ attention! On Sunday, U.S. sports website, TMZ SPORTS, reported on the fight between Rakuten Monkeys and the Fubon Guardians on the field, attracting more global baseball fans to pay attention to Taiwanese baseball.
The Rakuten Monkeys and the Fubon Guardians were at odds at the April 19 game with an inspection of a baseball bat becoming the fuse for a full-out brawl on the field.
During the fourth inning of yesterday’s game, the Rakuten Monkeys made a motion to inspect the Fubon Guardians’ baseball bats, as they suspected it was not a standardized bat.
The Fubon Guardians then retaliated with the pitcher, Sosa, throwing four foul balls in a row, ending with one smacking the opposing batter’s buttocks.
The deliberate act invoked both teams to “clear the bench,” culminating in a fight on the field.
The CPBL season began on April 11, making it the world’s only baseball season amid COVID-19; thus, becoming a focus for baseball fans around the world.
According to a foreign media outlet, Sosa was described as using his “cannon for an arm” to throw hard at Kuo Yen-wen. Upon being hit, players from both teams disregarded any regulations for social distancing and rushed onto the field to defend their teammates.
The article also mentioned that as the games are held during the pandemic, precautions are still in place, with the audience being replaced with cardboard cutouts and mannequins.
As baseball fans around the world get their fix from CPBL, many netizens have chosen their teams for support and urged U.S. television networks to broadcast the games.
They also said that if Major League Baseball (MLB) doesn’t come back in the U.S., Taiwan teams will find themselves with a large American fan base.
Another foreign netizen also proudly announced his support for the Rakuten Monkeys and said that even though the games start at 5 a.m. in the U.S., he will still continue to follow the games.