And we're underway…
The first Major League game on Chinese soil is underway. It’s a little cold here in the "press box," which is just some seats outdoors behind home plate, but that’s actually not the reason I got chills before the game. Standing on the field while they played the Chinese anthem and the U.S. National Anthem was pretty powerful when you think about how groundbreaking this is.
In case you can’t listen on KABC or watch on MLB.TV, I’ll try to post what happens inning by inning to keep you updated. So far, the crowd is filling in quite nicely and while they seem a tad unsure when to cheer and when not, there’s a big league atmosphere in terms of the video board graphics, sound system and the fans are into it…
In the first inning:
George Lombard took the first pitch, which will be making it to the Dodger archives. He then grounded out to second off Justin Germano.
Chin-lung Hu and Matt Kemp both grounded to short.
In the bottom of the first, Chan Ho Park got Scott Hairston to ground to third, former Dodger Oscar Robles was out on a comebacker and then he fanned Kevin Kouzmanoff swinging.