Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
The Sun Rises in the East
2008-04-17 08:15
by Alex Belth

Albert Chen visited Taiwan in the off-season and now presents this interesting profile of Chien-Ming Wang in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated:

Other than for the rare public appearance, trips to the gym are pretty much the only times that he leaves his apartment in Tainan, his off-season home. Some 7,800 miles from New York City, in his native country -- where his famously stoic face gazes from billboards, ATMs, credit cards, cellphones, bags of potato chips, milk cartons; where the people call him, simply, Taiwan zhiguang (the pride and glory of Taiwan) -- Chien-Ming Wang is everywhere and nowhere, a hero and a prisoner. For an intensely private, excruciatingly shy 28-year-old, being a national icon is a heavy burden. "It's crazy," he says in his slow and soft voice. "I think, This is strange. I'm just one man."

Wang had little control last night in his worst outing of the young season. Still, don't play yourself, Chen's piece is worth checking out.

2008-04-17 08:58:17
1.   Andre
Sorry to go WAY off topic - Tier Box MVP section 604. Any good? I'll be taking a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old. Never sat in the upper deck of Yankees stadium before.


2008-04-17 09:07:56
2.   williamnyy23
1 It's an excellent seat...right behind homeplate in the lower section of the upperdeck. In fact, it might be one of the best seats in the house.

The only drawback is it could be a little rough walking with little kids all the way up to reach the upper deck. I would also suggest not walking back down amid the post game rush as things get very cramped. Either leave a little early, or wait 10-5 minutes until after the game.

2008-04-17 09:26:38
3.   Zack
1 Yeah, I would say those are my favorite seats in the house. Breathtaking view of the whole stadium and beyond. You can take the escalators up, but definitely wait about 20 minutes to let the crowds thin and the drunken idiots stagger our...
2008-04-17 09:42:31
4.   JL25and3
1 , 3 Agreed, they're pretty much my favorite seats as well. Getting out with kids won't be quite as bad if it's a weekend afternoon, because there will be tons of families with tons of kids, but it's probably still wiser to leave a little earlier or later.

The seats work great for kids. I used to sit there all the time with my nephew and niece when they were young.

2008-04-17 09:42:50
5.   Rob Middletown CT
"right behind homeplate in the lower section of the upperdeck."

Sitting there is great.

Regarding the article... so, did Taiwan go into mourning last October?

2008-04-17 10:05:55
6.   Andre
thanks for all of the encouragement. Can't wait to go!
2008-04-17 10:53:19
7.   MC Safety
Jeru the Damaja! On point as usual, Alex.
2008-04-17 13:08:29
8.   Chyll Will
7 and, nice Special Ed throwback for the video concept.
2008-04-17 13:22:22
9.   Alex Belth
I'll never forget the first time I heard "Come Clean" and thought, 'Man, I have never heard a beat like that before.' Jeru's first two records still thump.
2008-04-17 13:52:42
10.   MC Safety
9 Yep, classics. My favorite Jeru verse is the one off Return of the Crooklyn Dodger (?), with OC (ridiculous verse as well) and Chubb Rock. One of Premier's illest beats as well, imo.
2008-04-17 16:07:01
11.   Alex Belth
peace to the east new york, peverted monks and mike tyson
2008-04-17 17:27:07
12.   MC Safety
Fire burns the unjust like arson, larceny, melt mc's with mental telepathy with precision we're slicin and dicin....

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