Date: Jul 26, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
US Major League Baseball legends Jason Giambi and Ivan Rodgriuez were the special invited
guests for the ceremonial first pitch at yesterday’s opening of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) All-Star Weekend festivities at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium.
The two retired superstars and former teammates of Taiwanese pitcher Wang Chien-ming in the US were greeted with applause and enthusiastic cheering from the more than 12,000 spectators in the ballpark.
Giambi and Rodriguez, who is also known as “I-Rod” or “Pudge,” were joined at the ceremony by Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung, CPBL commissioner John Wu, World Baseball and Softball Confederation president Riccardo Fraccari and Johnson Fitness chairman Lo Kun-chuan.
Befitting his reputation as a power hitter, Giambi was the batter at the plate for the ceremonial first pitch, while, in another setup, Rodriguez replayed his familiar role as a star catcher to receive the pitch tossed by Lin. [FULL STORY]