February 2010

Kaohsiung Stadium is part of Dodgers Spring Training Taiwan Games Tour

IMG_1062.JPGKaohsiung City –  The L.A. Dodgers are slated to play there final matchup with the Chinese Taipai All-stars on Sunday March 14th.  The stadium in Kaohsiung ( also known as Chengching Lake Park)  was used back in 2001 for the Baseball World Cup.  Terry Francona took team USA through the ballpark and won a game against Chinese Taipei 6-0 while the countries President Chen Shui-bian watched the event.  The stadium Capacity is is 20000+  and for that game is was a sell out.     Kaohsiung City (pronounced cowshoong) is in the southern part of Chinese Taipei.  It can be accessed by high speed rail pretty easily from Taipei and it also has an international airport.  The baseball style is typical Asian culture as they use the double batting practice set up to shorten the time and increase the swings. 

doubleBP.JPGThere is a huge mall called the “Dream Mall” in the city where everything starts or ends with the word dream.  Dream Food, Fun at Dream, Dream directions, Dream travel etc.. Kaohsiung hosted the 2009 World Games. All the sports were held except for Baseball.   They actually built a Main stadium for the Main events ( rugby seven-a-side and flying disc games)  called the “Main” Stadium. Its pretty impressive with 40000 seats. 

On another note – -Spring training is hopping in the US right now and that means that the baseball season is officially underway.  With so many new spring training venues its tough to remember some of the older ones.. The Dodgers like the Braves left there East coast spring training digs in recent years for greener pastures.   Both landed in some beautiful facilities.  Its sad to see the older venues shut down but at the same time its nice for the clubs to provide better and safer facilties for their fans and players.   

Dragons in the Bullpen

dragons in the bullpen.JPGTaipei –  Yes …we have dragons in the bullpen. Actually dragon boats used for various Taiwan festivities but it was kind of odd to see them parked in the bullpen.  Anyway, we are checking out a couple ballparks for the upcoming LA Dodgers, exhibition games against the CPBL All star team. Looks like we are playing at Tein Mou stadium and Kaohsiung Ballpark. When they launched the ticket sales for the 2 games they were immediately sold out.    In addtion to evaluating the ballfields we held a clinic in Taipei. It’s the first ever baseball field maintenance clinic at Tein Mou stadium.  They had around 35-40 people which was pretty good considering the late notice of the event.  Thanks to the organisers and the “PING’s” the event was a success.

Over the years,  I have been to this stadium several times,  including a couple IBAF World Cups in 2001 and 2007.  Its been a good park for some dramatic games.  Its starting to show
field clininc partial groupshot.JPGits years.  I would imagine they will be renovating in a few years as there have been several other newer ballparks built in the country that are competing for the bigger events.  But for now Tein Mou will host the LA Dodgers return to Taiwan for the first time in over 20 years.  Heading to the Ballpark in Kaohsiung

Puerto Rico is not only a baseball Country

A friend of mine ( angel) in P.R. sent me the following fun facts about his country. Pretty intersting read about the small Island

Walmart in Carolina, Puerto Rico broke the selling records of all Walmart stores.


Puerto Rico is the country with the most cars per square mile in the world:


Thats 146 vehicles per street mile and 4,300 vehicles per square mile.


Plaza Las Americas mall in San Juan is the most profitable mall per square foot in the world.


The highest grossing Borders book store in US territory is located in Plaza Las Americas Mall, in Puerto Rico.


Busiest Toys “R” Us in the world is also in Plaza Las Americas, Puerto Rico.


The highest grossing Sears store in the World is in Puerto Rico.


The highest selling Kmart in the US is in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


The Radio Shack store in Plaza Las Americas mall is the busiest and highest grossing Radio Shack in the world.


The largest JC Penney store in the world (a full 4 stories) is located at Plaza Las Americas mall, in Puerto Rico.


The Port of San Juan is the fourth busiest seaport in the Western Hemisphere.


San Juan is the oldest city in US territory (Older than the city of St. Augustine, FL) and was founded in 1508 by Juan Ponce de Leon.


PiŮa Colada was “born” in PR in 1954.


The legal drinking age is 18.


Puerto Rico has won the Miss Universe pageant a record five times


Puerto Rico has the only rain forest in the US- El Yunque.


The place in the world with more pharmaceutical companies per square mile is Puerto Rico.


There are about 1,100 people per square mile, a ratio higher than within any of the 50 states in the United States. Puerto Rico’s population density per square miles is among the world’s highest – only Bangladesh, The Maldives, Barbados, Taiwan, South Korea and the city-states of Hong Kong and Singapore are more crowded.


Puerto Rico is the third country in the world with more physicians in proportion to its population.


The Camuy river in Puerto Rico is among the top three longest underground rivers in the world.

Puerto Rico has one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption in the world.

The longest pool in the world is located in a hotel in Dorado, PR.

It is estimated that there is more Nickel in the mountains of Puerto Rico than the whole United States, including Alaska and Hawaii.

There are more Puerto Ricans living in the rest of the United States than in the island of Puerto Rico itself.

La Fortaleza in San Juan is the oldest executive mansion in the New World.


The state of Florida was discovered by Puerto Rico’s first governor, Don Juan Ponce de Leon.


The first shot fired by the United States in World War I was in Puerto Rico by Lt. Teofilo Marxuach.


86% of the rum drunk in the U.S. is from Puerto Rico.


Puerto Rico has one of the world’s highest productivity ratios.


The world’s highest concentrations of bioluminescent waters are in Puerto Rico.


Coffee grown and brewed in Puerto Rico is the official coffee of the Vatican.


Puerto Rico ranks 6th in the world when it comes to college graduates.


Puerto Ricans are the only people in the world who regularly applaud when a plane lands and when it reaches the gate.


Puerto Rico has more Gas Stations, Churches, Cars, Roads, and  Walgreens per square mile than any other country in the world.


World biggest and largest radio telescope is in Puerto Rico.


Telemundo, the second largest Spanish language television station in the United States, was founded in Puerto Rico.


Puerto Rico has more rivers per square mile than any other place in the world.


The second radio station to be inaugurated in the US was in PR.


The longest running TV program was in Puerto Rico.


The first Emmy went to a Puerto Rican… Jose Ferrer. 


He also got the Academy award for the same role.


 Rita Moreno got those two and one for Best Actress in a Broadway show.  No one else has matched that.


 The most outstanding soldier in Europe at the end of the Second WW was chosen from the Puerto Rican 66th Infantry.


 One of the three still living WWI veterans is a Puerto Rican.