In the title game the champions also struck a blow against their reputation for cold efficiency. About to bat in the top of the fourth and leading only 4-2, the Chinese Taipei players queued up along the third base line during a television break and, along with the Cranston players, performed the ubiquitous macarena. "I thought it would be a good opportunity for the kids to relax and have fun," manager Tung-Yu Ho said. Chinese Taipei scored three runs in that at bat and six in the next to trigger the 10-run mercy rule after the fifth inning. Perhaps the Philadelphia Phillies should think macarena.
Hsieh Chin-Hsiung, who is 4'11" and weighs 95 pounds, batted .706 and broke the Little League record for home runs in a series with his seventh on Saturday. "Do you feel like a hero?" Hsieh was asked after the game. An interpreter answered: "He says a little bit." Hsieh was then asked what he wants to do when he gets back to his country. "He says he just wants to go home," the interpreter said. "Me, I just want to get some real Chinese food."
The Butler Said It
As he and Carlos Huerta battled for the Chicago Bears' kicking job, veteran Kevin Butler said: "Basically it boils down to two choices. They can pick the kicker who kicks it longer, stronger, higher, faster and with more accuracy. Or else they can pick Carlos."
Last Friday they picked Carlos.
Nothing to Be Sorry For
Last week NBC apologized to Chinese and Chinese-American groups that had protested remarks Bob Costas made during the Olympics about China's human rights record. "Every economic power, including the United States, wants to tap into that huge market potential," Costas said during the telecast of the Opening Ceremonies, "but of course there are problems with human rights, property rights disputes, the threat posed to Taiwan." Costas later said, "They're building into a power, but amidst suspicions...especially concerning their track athletes and their female swimmers, possibly using performance enhancing drugs."
Those were certainly not uncalled-for remarks. China's history of human rights violations has long been a major obstacle to more harmonious Sino-American relations. As recently as June, a group of U.S. congressmen, citing China's human rights record, tried to pass a resolution (eventually blocked) revoking the country's most-favored-nation trading status. As for the drug issue, seven Chinese swimmers were banned from the 1996 Games for their earlier use of anabolic steroids.
Nonetheless, NBC sent a letter of apology to the protesting Chinese-American groups. "Factual accuracy aside," says one NBC official, "we don't want to offend anybody. We weren't apologizing for the facts in Bob's remarks, but rather for the feelings that were hurt." Sometimes, though, facts are more important than feelings. Costas was right to broach the subject, and the network was wrong to apologize for it.
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