Cultural Differences

There are many cultural differences that take place with baseball over here in Taiwan. Just in my couple of days over here I have noticed many differences of the game of baseball.

There is no national anthem played prior to the games.

Taiwans Gatorade type drink in the dugout is called “Pro-Sweat”, has a gross name but its pretty good.

There have been some variations of sunflowers seeds going around which have a sweet taste, but remember don’t spit them on the field. Only on the ground in the dugout or in a cup.

When the umpires come onto the field they bow to the fans and towards the field

When a pitching change is made, the pitching coach will stay on the field and watch the new pitcher warm up.

Also the pitcher leaving the game usually takes the ball with them, rather than hand it off to the manager.

If you think the battle of the bands between FAMU and Southern was good, you should check out our games. On top of each dugout are drums and trumpet players. Non stop for 9 innings this instruments are thumping and blaring while an M.C. is shouting out cheers for the crowd. Each batter has his own anthem. I find myself whistling these tunes hours after the game is over. They are going to be etched in my brain.

Respect is a huge part of Asian culture. Batters when entering the batters box give a hand signal to the pitcher to ask for a moment to set up and feel comfortable in the box. They also signal the umpire for the same respect out of courtesy.

The players over here love their apparel. They have tons of wrist bands, necklaces, and wear enough protective gear on their elbows and shins to be confused with a catcher while up to bat.

After finishing a game both teams go to their foul line and bow to the crowd and then bow to the opposing team.

Following the game we meet in the locker room and go over the game. During these meetings we all have to stand up and listen to the coaches.

Because of the gamble issue that happened within the league a couple years ago (, no cell phones or computers are allowed to be used in the locker room once you arrive. We also are not allowed to play cards, go to casinos, or play the lottery.

CPBL officials stand around the locker room to make sure no gambling or anything illegal takes place.

Also once you are in uniform and at the field, you can not leave the dugout/locker room. If you leave to goto the office or anywhere in the stadium, you can not return to the game.

Today I noticed how strong the Asian work ethic is. I had always heard about the amount of time they put into practices and I can vouch that it is true. They are very precise with the way they go about their work. We were unable to take BP today, and while I was running I noticed a coach hitting our infielders ground balls along the warning track to make sure they got their work in. I never have seen that in the states. They just pay attention to detail and strive to do very well. I commend them for that and hope I can learn some of their ways.

Tonight we lost to the Elephants 9-5. We play them tomorrow, and then have a three game series agains the Lions. I’m scheduled to pitch on Sunday.

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  1. LisaC

    Sounds like it is very well run and that they take it very serious. How do you think MLB would change if they adapted the work ethic/rules/courtesies that you have experienced in Taiwan? And what is the season like over there? Is it all year round or certain months? How’s the weather?

    Keep posting! We enjoy reading about your adventures!

  2. Christofer

    Hello, Scot!

    Get used to the local weather yet here in Taoyuan? Humid, hot, and windy could best describe the weather in summer here, espcially in the day. It chills in the night. I guess it’s like that in Florida. Still looking forward to your first debut on Sunday. 加油!

  3. JOJO

    Hi, Scot!
    I’m so suprised that you noticed so many Differences.
    Be sure to keep writing. 🙂 I enjoy reading your articles.

    [Karma is when you throw a banana in Mario Kart & end up slipping on it]…..I really like this!

  4. jill chen

    scot, thanks for the updating and sharing. we fans also find many interesting aspects toward CPBL via your insight. hope you’ii enjoy the life here and look forward to your pitching on sunday. 🙂

  5. Scot Drucker

    I will be starting! we play about 140+ games from March-Sept. its pretty hot and humid here, but during the days it can be breazy and cool. There are only 4 teams in the league so you play each other a lot. When there are rainouts, the games are made up at the end of each half of the season. During doubleheaders we play 9 innings, and there are no extra innings. Games can end in a tie. Also during regular season games, no games go past the 12th inning.

  6. bill house

    Just glad you are getting to play the game you love ! It will be a great experience for you and help build a lot of good future options. Really enjoyed watching you play in Toledo. Did the job right, both on and off the field for the fans and team. Can just picture you with all those shoes and gear. Good luck on Sunday. Just trust yourself and stay comfortable on the mound. Question: Do they still work the pitchers a lot between starts?

  7. Bin

    Nice picth!!!Thank you!!!^^”
    All members in Lamigo Monkeys have done their best.
    Please don’t worry. 🙂

    by a fan of Lamigo Monkeys

  8. jillchen

    Your pitching today was brilliant. It’s a pity that Lamigo Monkeys lost the game but you did do your best and amaze all the Lamigo fans in this debut. Hope you can share some thoughts about your first game in CPBL with us. Good luck!

  9. Kieran Mattison

    Whats Up Druck!

    Man it feels like yesterday we were on the phone and I was in Taiwan and you were on your way to Toledo! Now you are over there and on point on how it is. Enbrace it and enjoy the moment! Its a lifetime experience that you can tell your kids one day. Stay Blessed Bro

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