Baseball dreams are the same throughout the world.
So it was a major thrill for a group of Taiwanese Little Leaguers when heroes Hong-Chih Kuo and Chin-Lung Hu conducted a clinic on March 12 in Taiwan on the Dodgers’ recent tour there.
Hu coached the kids on the form you take while fielding ground balls and Kuo gave quiet counsel to some potential pitching stars.
“See those kids. They can throw, huh?” explained Kuo. “When I was young, I could throw like that. That’s why I’m in the Major Leagues.”
Said Hu: “When I was young I saw pro players and they taught me the same thing. Now I have this opportunity, I can teach like those guys.”
And those kids obviously appreciated it, swarming the two Dodgers afterward during a photo shoot.
Christopher Ramirez, a lifelong baseball fan battling cancer, was able to live a dream in March at Camelback Ranch – Glendale during an otherwise normal Spring Training day for the Dodgers.
He got to “try out” for the Dodgers through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Christopher fielded ground balls, pitched, took part in outfield drills and batting practice with his heroes Manny Ramirez, Casey Blake and Russell Martin. He did it all while wearing the Dodger uniform with his favorite number 24, which he wore in honor of Manny’s number from his Cleveland and Boston day.
Manny even gave him a bat and Russell gave him brand-new cleats.
And finally, he got to watch a game from the Dodger dugout.
“I will always remember this for the rest of my life,” said Christopher.