Taipei, Jhongli, and ready to start the 2nd Half. Go Lamigo!


This past week went by fairly quickly although we only had two games at home. Mondays are usually off days in this league. This past week we only had games scheduled for Saturday and Sunday so we practiced at our home stadium Tuesday through Friday. Practice can be very different from the US. We open up with a 10-15 minute run around the warning track. Following that is a team stretch which also includes plyometric work. We then throw with the pitchers while the position players baserun. Once the position players are done running the bases, they get loose, while the pitchers will take ground balls in foul territory along the warning track. There is always something going on. There is no time to waste while at the ballpark. Pitchers will then get their pitcher fielding practice in as well as work cut offs, relays, bunt defenses, and backing up bases. Following all of that we break for lunch and set up for batting practice.

In the US batting practice is always disliked the most by the pitchers because no one enjoys shagging balls for hours. It is a little different here in Taiwan. They have over 300 balls to hit during batting practice which fill up three large crates. They also set up two cages on the field to multitask and get more work in. One side of the mound will be a pitching machine, while the opposite side will be a coach or player throwing live BP. Not many people shag balls because of the amount they have. A handful of pitchers will come out of the locker room in rounds and throw or hit a couple balls towards the middle of the field to help the clubhouse staff pick up the balls at the end.

This past Monday I ventured alone into Taipei. I was a little nervous at first getting around and learning my way, but it ended up being pretty easy. I took a cab over to the high speed rail which got me in to Taipei in 20 minutes. Normally is an hour and a half drive by car. From there I got onto the MRT (local subway) and shot over to the Taipei 101 building. This is the 2nd largest building in the world. The architecture on it is amazing and beautiful. Inside the 101 building is a mall whose stores inside put Miami, New York, and Beverly Hills to shame. Every luxury designer clothing, jewelry, and watch brand is in there. I even found it a little uncomfortable window shopping.

After the mall I shot back on the MRT to the Longshan Temple area. I visited the night market briefly. For those of you not familiar the night markets open up around 4/5pm everyday and can last until late into the night. You can get a ton of fresh cooked seafood and local treats like a carnival. They are all served street style and prepared right in front of you. There are vendors all over selling trinkets, to clothing, to electronics repairs, to knock off hand bags and watches.

My final stop of the evening was in Ximen. This is known as the Soho of Taipei according to my teams owner Justin, and he was correct. When I exited the subway, the lights across the street lit up my eyes. The buildings all had neon and flickering lights. The crowd was a younger group of kids into the latest trends and fashion. I came across a ton of awesome sneaker shops which made me love this area even more. I’m sure I will be back over there to check more of the stores out.

Finally, this week we have our two final make up games from the 1st half. We play Saturday and Sunday against the Elephants. Can’t wait for the 2nd half though. It was pretty cool to see how the fans and teams celebrate here when the Lions clinched the 1st half championship. Hopefully Lamigo will have a strong showing for the 2nd half. I hope to help us do that and we all thank you for the support. Thanks as always for reading and sharing my blog with your friends.

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You can also watch highlights from my last game here

101 Building in Taipei

Cool equipment over here and office guys going over the schedule

Team Weight room

Leeche fruit giving to us by our Team Owner Justin Thank you! Very delicious

Post game Spread at home

Custom mitt given to me by Zett

Interesting menu item in the City Hall train station food court

More cool equipment from my teammates

Downtown Ximen


17 Comments

Scot,

I’ve been loving your blogs from the Far East. Glad to see you’re enjoying yourself and are having successful outings. Those gloves look awesome!
One question though: could you please explain the 1st Half-2nd Half thing? You may have mentioned it before, but I don’t remember it and I’m a bit confused why they have championships for each half. Thanks!

Diesel, great blog! Your one of the biggest reasons I check fb so I can follow your career and do a little vicarious living. Keep it up man, always great to see that sinker/slider and work ethic take you to new places. Enjoy Taiwan, and keep having fun on the journey.

JMO

Sounds like you are having a blast! From the looks of it online you are quite a popular player in Taiwan! Congrats to you! It is exciting for the US fans to see the Taiwanese fans embrace you and support your baseball journey!

The pictures that you have been posting look incredible. Sometimes i think people are so caught up in their own worlds to even imagine how amazing other places (countries) are! Thanks for showing us the beauty of Taiwan.

From a question standpoint, Are you able to communicate easily? Are you picking up on the local language? When you are on the mound, is it simple to communicate with the other players on the field or does the language barrier pose an issue?

Look forward to your next blog!

Glad to see you pitching well and adjusting to a new league. This is a great opportunity for you in your personal development and improvement as a professional baseball player. Continue to look for ways to improve and grow as a pitcher ! Excellent time to find the “one pitch” that will put you over the top and into the Majors. Through hard work and not giving up, you have placed yourself in a excellent position for the future.
Looking at the big picture, can only see a positive impact when you transition to coaching, scouting, administrative positions in baseball when the time comes for change in your life. This new experience will only make you more valuable to baseball organizations.
I will be here writing and encouraging you when you get the call to pitch in the Majors !

The Fan

tenten25 – We have 120 games on the season split into 2 halves between 4 teams. The winner of the 1st half is guaranteed a spot in the championship game. The winner of the 2nd half will play the winner of the 1st. If the same team wins both halves, the next two best records will play each other in a best of 5 games playoff. Then the winner of that will play a best of 7 game series against the winner of both halves, but will already start with a loss (giving the team a prize for clinching both halves). Interesting way they do the playoff system.

J-mo – Thanks for the post and taking the time to read. Hope the job search and fam are doing great.

Lisa – thx for the continued support hope all is well, tell todd hello. Communication can be very tough. Our translator does a pretty good job for us, but when we are out on the field, its kind of a go with the flow and just react like any other day out there. The sign systems are similar and calling for the ball is similar. The language barrier is definitely the hardest thing to deal with here, whether it is on the field, in the locker room, at a restaurant or in a cab. I don’t think I will ever learn this language, but Im trying to pick up on the normal sayings that will help me around town.

Bill- thanks as always for your comments! they keep everything positive and help keep me grounded. Hope all is well in the midwest. enjoy the summer!

Nice to read you mention about non-game day practice. Always think about if it’s the problem to hinder the progress of Taiwanese baseball by over practicing. Even consider too much practice would obstruct the individual thinking of baseball players on field and their ability to react spontaneously.

Here’s the Chinese translation of this article. http://www.ptt.cc/bbs/Monkeys/M.1308808338.A.5ED.html

You are the first import player writing blog to compare different baseball cultures. Many fans love to read your blog. Please keep writing.

Hi!! Scot, would you like to embroider some Chinese Characters on you equipment?
Just like your teammates’ and pictures above.
Some NBA Players have Chinese tatoo!
Like the character “忠” with Iverson, and “勉族” with Camby.

“忠” means loyalty (maybe to his believe), “勉” means work hard and “族” means family.

if we translate your name in Chinese, it would be 史考特(=Scot) 杜拉克(=Drucker)
if you have some good ideas, we fans will take brainstorming and try to find a good one.
Or if there is some characters catch your eyes, we can tell you what it means.
Maybe it would give you some good luck or self-motivation during the 2nd Half.
No matter what, we fans here in Taiwan like your Blog and wish you a good luck. : )

it’s very interest in this blog. I’m a new lamigo fan, I like your style include pitching position and a full beard。I except you can pitch during full 2nd half and get the champion with us. I will make the a slogan for you in future. GOGO Lamigo!!

Hi! Scot…or Drucker ? I am a new Lamigo fan. I like your pitcher style and hope you can pitch during the full 2nd half. I will make a slogan(a small signboard) to encourage you in future game. I look forward to you can pitch good games for lamigo time and again. COME ON!!

At Ximen, were you able to find the MLB store?

JOJO – Thanks for the help. I would like to learn some good Chinese characters to put on my equipment. The writings are so interesting and amazing to see up close.

Yes I found the MLB store. very cool. I now want to find the Nike 6453 store, Bape, Phanatic, Born Trouble and other cool Sneaker and clothing boutiques.

Im getting ready to put together another blog. Please let me know any questions you want me to include. Send them in english or chinese. I will have someone translate them for me

thanks

Hi Scot, I linked your blog on mine. http://www.lewpblog.com and check it out as I have things about the Grand Prairie AirHogs frequently. Enjoy reading your blog. Please let me know when you put your new blog out. Good luck Mr. Drucker (Green Acres). Ha!

Congratulations for your first win in Taiwan!!

congratulation! You are a killer!
Really kick @ss
I love watch you pitch

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