If you're like me and every other baseball fan in this country and in desperate need of some live sports, rejoice. The Chinese Professional Baseball League has begun play, and we've already got some highlights.
Over the weekend, a video of Kevin Cheng hitting what is presumably the first home run in 2020 anywhere in the world made the rounds on Twitter, exciting baseball fans around the world, including me.
Sunday's game featured the Uni-President Lions taking on the Chinatrust Brothers. The Lions won the game 4-1, but the Brothers did have a highlight of their own when Tzu-Hsien Chan hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to get a run on the board.
The CPBL, which I admittedly thought was in China, was founded in Taiwan in 1989. The league plays a 120-game season that runs through October.
It was originally scheduled to begin the 2020 season in mid-March, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was forced to push its season back until this past weekend.
You can find all the games streamed live, for free, thanks to Eleven Sports in Taiwan. But if you're going to follow the CPBL, beware that Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of the United States, so a 6:35 pm game in Taiwan will start at 6:35 am ET. But with no MLB for the foreseeable future, it might be worth it.
Now, I just need to figure out which team to root for.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.