One of the many great things about sports – including baseball – is that we generally see merit win out over other factors. This is true for individuals and teams. While we may get screwed over at work because of politics, this is less likely – we believe – to happen in the world of sports, because success and failure is so clearly defined.
This meritocratic tendency of sports has helped larger society deal with big problems. At the top of that list is race. Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, Tommy Smith, et al.
In this video, we see an unfortunate scene where a man drops his small child reaching for a foul ball. It’s not entirely rare. It happened earlier this year at Dodger Stadium. However, in this instance, the setting is Taiwan. Taiwan, if you don’t know, is an island off mainland China where Chinese people live without being communist. It used to be called Formosa. It’s a neat place! And, they love baseball.
Note how no translation in necessary from Cantonese or Mandarin (we can’t tell which is being spoken here) to understand the humor the broadcasters find in the circumstance. Also note how the ice daggers the man’s wife shoots at him from her eyes are universally recognizable to male homo sapiens all over the known universe.