Yet another whirlwhind 12 hours since the last post. The Great Wall was an overwhelming experience for everyone who took part in it. The sheer size is beyond description and seeing Dodger jerseys everywhere you looked while we climbed up to the top of it was a special sight. To think that this was built centuries ago, without modern technology, is simply astonishing and speaks to the will of the people here to accomplish what they set out to do. This despite losing countless lives throughout the process.
We should have some great footage of the visit to share with everyone when we come back, as FSN Prime Ticket had a camera crew there following Matt Kemp around.
And as it turns out, apparently only the second of the two games here will be on TV, and that will be on FSN Prime Ticket on Saturday night in Los Angeles (10 p.m.). The first game, which starts in about five and a half hours, will be available on KABC radio 790 AM.
Speaking of which, after we returned from the Great Wall yesterday, we had a welcome receptions in which several MLB officials, Chinese dignitaries and celebrities (Jet Li, included) were on site. While this was going on, KABC’s Doug McIntyre was hosting his morning show live from a room nearby in the hotel, so he had special guests stop by throughout, including Frank McCourt, Joe Torre, Bud Selig and Dave Winfield, among others. If you missed that, you can tune into Steve Mason on 710 AM at 3 p.m. to hear Frank McCourt, who recorded an interview yesterday for today’s show.
It’s extremely early in the morning, as a group of us are planning to visit Tiananmen Square before we head to the ballpark. Here’s the lineup for the first game ever played on Chinese soil:
George Lombard, RF
Chin-lung Hu, SS
Andruw Jones (CF) – and don’t forget to check out his blog from China
Matt Kemp, DH
John Lindsey, 1B
Lucas May, C
Terry Tiffee, 3B
John-Ford Griffin, LF
Ramon Martinez, 2B
Chan Ho Park, P
And back on the other side of the world in Vero Beach…
More from Wukesong Stadium later today…here are the game notes for the series. Download game_notes.doc