Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dodgers' Demand in Taiwan Looks Strong

According to the Central News Agency (no link), there was high demand for the first allotment of tickets to the Dodgers' two games to be played in Taipei and Kaohsiung, Taiwan this March:

Taipei, Jan. 24 (CNA) On-the-spot tickets for the much anticipated games between the U.S. Major League Baseball team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and a local team sold like hot cakes in Taipei and Kaohsiung Sunday.

The Dodgers will be suiting up in Taiwan to play two exhibition games against a team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in Taipei, northern Taiwan and in Kaohsiung in the south on March 13 and 14, respectively,

The two-game set will not be part of the Dodgers 2010 Spring Training schedule, and their CPBL opponent has not yet been identified.

Baseball fans queued up for long hours at the ticket window of the Tienmu Baseball Stadium in Taipei for tickets, which cost up to NT$ 5,000 (US$162). The tickets were sold out shortly after sales began at 2 p.m. [...]

Chang Che-chin, who is in charge of the Tienmu ticket window for the event, said that only 1,000 tickets were available on the spot in Taipei and each buyer was allowed only two tickets. Many fans who showed up late failed to obtain tickets.

In Kaohsiung, the situation was similar, as the 3,000 available on-the-spot tickets have been sold out.

Chang said online booking of seats, which total 7,000 for the Taipei game and 15,000 for the one in Kaohsiung, will be available from next week.

Of the six Taiwanese players to play in the majors, four (Hong-Chih Kuo, Chin-Feng Chen, Chin-Lung Hu and Chin-hui Tsao) have played for the Dodgers.


Fred's Brim said...

do they even have hotcakes in Taiwan? If so, are they really that popular?

Steve Sax said...

I thought the EXACT same thing, FB. I know they have those awesome red bean cakes in Taiwan (like the ones you can buy in Little Tokyo at that cool bakery), which are indeed served hot.

But not with syrup and bacon and a two over-easy eggs, if you know what I mean.

Fred's Brim said...

oh I do! bacon and syrup are a heavenly combination. Which makes it strange that I don't like dim sum with its sticky, meat-filled buns

Greg Hao said...

Woot woot! Hell ya demand is strong, I'm thinking about making sure I have a business trip around the same time so I can go home and get me some Dodgers SWAG in Taiwan.

@Steve - precisely right, the "hotcakes" are more like little snacks that you buy from street vendors. Let me see if I can dig up a picture for Fred.

Steve Sax said...

Delino, all these comments about hot cakes, and you're not mentioning JYD? For shame.