Taiwanese baseball has just been giving a powerful shot in the arm, with three consecutive shots out of the park by the Brother Elephants' star player Peng Chen-min 彭政閔 during his team's 7-1 victory over the LaNew Bears in the first game of their playoff series.
For video highlights, please click here. I especially like the announcer's comments about a home run ball resembling a girlfriend who has just had a change of heart -- neither is coming back (In the case of one of Taiwan's 40-something superstars, Chang Tai-shan 張泰山, this is modified to include a reference to his receding hairline). You might also note the Bears fans eating a certain yellow-skinned fruit (a reference to the color of the Elephants' uniform), which gives new meaning to that old favorite "Yes, We have no Bananas Today".
For an analysis of what this means for Taiwanese baseball, please click here. It is especially noteworthy that over 8,000 fans attended (the largest playoff crowd ever), and that Sunday's game at Tien-mu's 10,500-seat stadium is sold out. There is always hope.
Finally, for all of you China Beat sports fans who might be wondering what happens when a 102-kilogram Canadian base runner collides with a 88-kilogram Taiwanese catcher at the plate, check this action out.