CPBL game plays recording of ceremonial first pitch by AIT director

Taoyuan,  A video recording of American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Brent Christensen throwing out the ceremonial first pitch was played at a Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) game at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium on Friday.

The video, which was prerecorded in the stadium’s indoor warmup area, was broadcast live by Eleven Sports Taiwan on Twitter before the game between the CTBC Brothers and Rakuten Monkeys.

The recording showed Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) in the batter’s box facing Christensen.

The AIT director, who also received a Rakuten jersey bearing his name from Cheng, was at the Brothers-Rakuten game as a special guest, a rare chance for an outside fan to see a game in person.

So far this season, CPBL games have been played in empty stadiums, with only the players, coaches, umpires, and cheerleaders on hand because of social distancing guidelines issued by Taiwan’s government amid the COVID-19 epidemic.

That may change, however, as the outbreak has eased in Taiwan, with no new confirmed cases reported in the past six days.

At a daily briefing in Taipei on Friday, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) deputy chief Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥) said the government is now thinking about allowing the CPBL to slowly open up to live audiences.

According to the league, it will hold a discussion with the managements of the teams on May 5 to discuss the feasibility of opening up its games to the public.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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