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Taiwan, no Chinese Taipei, no Nationalist China, no Formosa, ... whatever the island off of China names its WBC team
2006-01-16 22:15
by Bob Timmermann

I will go with Taiwan since that's what's in the URL. Chien-ming Wang's participation is still up in the air.

The Taiwanese do lead the world in cool nicknames. Jia-hsien "The Taiwan Plumber" Hsieh, Tai-Shan "The Jungle Prince" Chang, Cheng-ming "Cha Cha" Peng, Chun-chang "The Invincible Robotman" Yeh, and Chien-Ming "Fire Brother" Chang.

Sultan of Swat, Splendid Splinter, Mr. October, and now The Taiwan Plumber.

2006-01-16 23:13:27
1.   joejoejoe
I priced tickets to this esteemed international competition/craven marketing ploy (Orlando venue) and found the cheapest ticket to be a princely $84 dollars. I've attended playoff baseball games in Yankee Stadium for less and regularly attend minor league games in FL for around $8 a ticket. You cannot get a single game ticket at an affordable price and have to buy a 'strip' for all the games at a particular venue whether you want to see them or not. I'm not sure why this is prices so much higher than Spring Training but it seems like a giant rip off to me.
2006-01-16 23:14:24
2.   Bob Timmermann
And in Orlando you wouldn't get to see The Invincible Robotman.
2006-01-16 23:14:37
3.   das411
Why do I shudder in horror at the thought of these innocent ballplayers encountering the demon that is Chris Berman?
2006-01-16 23:26:01
4.   Bob Timmermann
Fortunately, the Asian pool will play all of its games in Japan and in the wee hours of the morning, so I think Berman will miss it.

Also, March is Berman's big time to study up for the NFL Draft, an event which he considers "sacred".


2006-01-17 00:51:52
5.   Sam DC
Is there a reporter anywhere across the seven seas covering the WBC with the diligence and intensity of our own Bob Timmermann? I hope Bud Selig appreciates the effort he's getting from these quarters.
2006-01-17 01:08:52
6.   joejoejoe
I have to admit 'Fire Brother' is a pretty damn cool nickname. Can Bobby Jenks steal it and be 'Fire Brother' Jenks? He can enter games to 'Fantasy' by Earth, Wind, and Fire like Rivera uses 'Enter Sandman'.

ChiSox Fan 1: Will the Twins beat Fire Brother Jenks?
ChiSox Fan 2: Yeah, on the 12th of Never!

2006-01-17 07:59:24
7.   Will Carroll
Jenks already has a theme - "Boom" by POD. Whole big cool video with plenty of Ozzie's "Gimme the Big Boy" call to the pen.

That sign alone turned me around on Ozzie.

2006-01-17 09:08:23
8.   Bob Timmermann
I've also learned that if you set up a Google news alert for "beisbol" and ask for Spanish articles, you start getting a lot of hits for Cuban sites. I'm expecting a knock on the door from the FBI anytime now.

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