The World Baseball Classic is about to start, and Group A preliminaries will be held at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium from March 8 to 12. Baseball Players from the Netherlands, Panama, and Italian teams arrived in Taiwan on the 3rd, as fans enthusiastically welcomed them.
“Welcome to Taiwan. Thank you. ”The arrival hall of Taoyuan Airport's second terminal was crowded with a large number of fans. Some even slept at the airport the night before. On the morning of the 3rd, teams from the Netherlands, Panama, and Italy arrived in Taiwan one after another, and the fans warmly welcomed them.
Baseball Fan: “I think the Dutch team is the strongest in this group. (Which star are you here to see?) Xander Bogaerts. (When did you come to the airport?) Last night.”
Baseball Fan: “I'm here to see Mike Piazza, who was my childhood idol. He is the most iconic offensive catcher in the major leagues. 427 career home runs, the most of all catchers.”
From getting off the plane to entering the country, fans kept approaching the players for photos, which the star players almost never refused. Some fans especially prepared baseball cards, baseballs, and other mementos, hoping to get autographs from their idols. Former Braves player Andruw Jones, a coach on the Dutch team, also felt the fans' enthusiasm. He patiently signed every baseball handed to him by the fans.
Baseball Fan: “He used to be with the Braves. There's a chance he'll be in the Hall of Fame in the future. And now he is a Dutch coach? Yes.”
The 2023 World Baseball Classic Group A preliminaries will be played at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium from the 8th to the 12th. Other Italian, Panamanian, and Cuban players arrived in Taiwan in the evening.