Of baseball in Taiwan, behind closed doors, in front of the robots. No, it is not the scenario of an upcoming movie of science-fiction to big budget, but the reality of the League chinese professional baseball (CPBL), which has resumed its activities last April 11. Welcome to 2020 !
With the agreement of the authorities, the five teams in the CPBL, all of them based in Taiwan, have had the green light to resume the activities of their growing season, which have all the same had to be suspended for a month due to the pandemic.
Those who wish a major League baseball (MLB) to follow in the footsteps of the asian tour shortly, perhaps it should be to reduce your expectations.
Tuesday, 16: 30, the number of reported cases on this small island-State amounted to 425, of which six have led to the death.
Taiwan remains to this day one of the States that have been most successful in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, including using its speed to intervene from the beginning of the pandemic.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Even before the first cases are diagnosed among them, tests were done on the passengers from the region to Wuhan, where was hatched the pandemic.
In three weeks, more than 120 different actions had been put in place to ensure control as much as possible the spread of the disease on the territory of taiwan.
In spite of everything, there’s no question of skimping on protection measures. Until further notice, no supporter is allowed in the stadia of the CPBL.
The games however are broadcast on television and described a very colourful, in English.
Approximately 200 people are allowed in the stadiums at each match, including the players and all the staff members of the teams.
Of cheerleaders and a handful of journalists are also part of the list of people admitted to the meetings.
Speaking of cheerleaders, it was necessary to see those Monkeys Rakuten recently, the Rakuten Girls, perform a choreography that seeks to be rather a seminar on how to wash hands effectively.
Nothing is left to chance !
No need to say, therefore, that the atmosphere during matches is not at its peak.
However, the leaders of the courses have decided to use the situation to their advantage by innovating.
The Monkeys Rakuten have deployed not less than 500 “fake supporters” in the stands for their home games, some of which are dummies robots dressed in the colors of the team.
Others are more posters representative of the supporters sitting on their seat and wearing… a mask, of course !
Other robots, musicians and others, have also been placed in the stage of Monkeys and they play music during the breaks.
A MELEE GENERAL
This is not because there is no atmosphere in the stands that the spirits can not warm up a bit !
Sunday, during a game between the Monkeys and the Guardians of Fubon, the benches cleared in the bottom of the fourth inning as pitcher of the Guardians, Henry Sosa was reached by Kuo Yen-wen of a shooting inside.
To the devil with the social distancing !