Sports Center/Reported by Huang Yunxuan
At 6 o’clock in the evening on the 16th of the AFC Champions League, the Taiwan team faced the host Japan at the Tokyo Dome. Although the Taiwan team lost to Japan 0:4 in the end, it suffered its first defeat. However, a scene after the game sparked heated discussion among Japanese fans. Japanese media pointed out that after the game, the Taiwan team players took off their hats and bent down to salute. Some of the players even bowed for 10 seconds, which made many Japanese praise “what a good team.”
According to a report by Japanese media “THE ANSWER”, mentioning the shocking scene after the game, the Taiwanese players bowed and saluted for 10 seconds after the game. The text highlighted the Taiwanese team’s players’ respect for baseball and their opponent, the Japanese team, which was impressive. profound.
▲Taiwan team players took off their hats and bowed to salute. (Picture/reproduced from China Professional Baseball Facebook)
It can be seen from the picture that after the game, all the players and coaches of the Taiwan team stood on the sideline to greet the fans, the venue, and the opponents, took off their hats, bent down and bowed. Some players bowed for 5 or 10 seconds. Standing up and walking back to the lounge, the players seen bowing to the last moment on the screen should be He Hengyou and Qiu Zhicheng of the Unified Lions.
▲ The Taiwanese team’s post-match salute sparked discussion in the Japanese media.
This scene also triggered discussion among Japanese netizens, who all said, “Some players’ bows are so deep and long that even the Japanese are surprised.” “The Taiwanese team is very polite every time. They are a very good team.” Both Japan and Taiwan represent their own countries, and the quality of a country’s people can be seen from the public behavior of its people.” “I wish Taiwanese players all the best in the future,” and “Taiwan and its people deserve respect.”
Some Japanese fans recalled the 2013 WBC Classic. At that time, a fierce battle between Taiwan and Japan entered the overtime. Although the Taiwan team lost in the end, the Taiwanese players formed a circle on the pitcher’s mound and bowed to the stands, which was even described by the Japanese media as “round.” “The Secret of the Formation Ceremony” was reported as the title, which once caused a topic.