Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Cheerleaders add some color to major league baseball's first exhibition game in China 

Posted by Sasha at 9:51 PM ET

MLB 1st game in China: Dodgers, Padres tie 3-3
March 16, 2008
The Associated Press

BEIJING -- China's red flag with its yellow stars blew in the breeze above left field alongside the Stars and Stripes. Except for this, the first Major League Baseball game in China mostly looked like any afternoon at the ballpark in America.

The Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres played to a 3-3 tie in a pre-season game on a near-perfect Saturday in Beijing, with clear blue skies replacing the city's usual smog, and 10-degree (50 F) temperatures making it a glorious debut for baseball.

The game at the new Olympic venue drew an announced crowd of 12,224 -- a near sellout -- and had many authentic baseball touches: vendors selling peanuts, hot dogs, beer, soft drinks or -- and this is China -- plastic bottles of tea. The concessions were cheaper than the U.S. -- about $1.50 (euro0.96) for a soft drink or a beer, and $3 (euro1.93) for a bag of peanuts.
In the break in the seventh inning, fans were led in a chorus of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as is common practice in MLB. The only person singing, however, was the public address announcer. And there were cheerleaders dressed in red and silver with pom poms and bare stomachs.

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