Here is a little anecdote for you Chien-Ming Wang fans:
Pitching coach Ron Guidry and third base coach Larry Bowa love engaging Wang in conversations. Watching two old-school baseball men talk to this kid from Taiwan is like a situational comedy sometimes
Before the game today, Guidry and Bowa were asking Wang about life in Taiwan. Bowa claimed he and Guidry would visit if Wang would show them around. They were asking Wang if he had a big house where they could sleep and if he had a bunch of cars. They also wanted to know if he would run for president after he retired. Wang was cracking up.
“Can I go fishing there?” Bowa said.
“It’s an island,” Wang said. “I think so.”
Derek Jeter, who also enjoys talking with the Wanger, asked if Taiwan had paparazzi. Wang had no idea what he meant. Then Jeter wanted to know if there were a lot of hot girls there.
“Yes,” Wang said. “A lot.”
“I’m going, too,” Jeter said. “Wait a second, do they have McDonald’s?”
Guidry told me later how much he genuinely likes Wang.
“He’s so humble and he works so hard,” the Gator said. “You should see him in the dugout when we take him out of the game. He gets pissed at us. He’s very competitive. But when he’s not on the mound, he’s a great kid. That’s what you like to see.”
This is why you can’t judge coaches on statistics every time. How they relate to a player sitting on the couch at 3:45 p.m. can be just as important as what happens later. Wang is already a heck of a pitcher and it has a lot to do with moments like these.