Friday, September 2, 2016

2016 CBL Championship Series Preview


It's time for the 2016 China Baseball League Championship Series.The Beijing Tigers will be squaring off against The Tianjin Lions in a best 3 of 5 series. This will be their 7th time facing each other since the first season in 2002. 

Teams

Beijing Tigers - 北京猛虎
  • If you don't know who they are, they are the New York Yankees of China baseball. They are also one of the oldest baseball teams in China.
  • They have played in 9 championship series and won 5 of them. Last year they lost to the Jiangsu Pegasus, but this year they finished 2nd behind Tianjin Lions to qualify for a championship spot. 
  • Notable players such as Wang Wei and Wang Chao are still around.
Tianjin Lions - 天津雄狮
  • The Boston Red Sox of China baseball? I'm just pulling crap out of my poop shoot...
  • They are probably the second most popular team in China. 
  • Have won 4 championship series. Last one was 2011.
Schedule and Location


Game
Date
Team
Time
1
9/3
Tianjin Lions – Beijing Tigers
2:00 PM
2
9/4
Tianjin Lions – Beijing Tigers
2:00 PM
3
9/9
Beijing Tigers – Tianjin Lions
TBA
4
9/10
Beijing Tigers – Tianjin Lions
TBA
5
9/11
Beijing Tigers – Tianjin Lions
TBA


I haven't found any information about the location and time for games 3-5. I will update once the official Weibo account puts up more information

Game 1 and 2 location will be in Fengtai Stadium 北京丰台体育中心棒球场
Address: 北京市丰台区西四环南路55号
If you want to check out the location and setting, HERE is a nice satellite view of the stadium. It shows you how to get there and where to park. 

Tickets

There are two ways to get tickets if anyone is interested:
  • This WEIBO entry gives you steps on how to order tickets through the WeChat application. It's a pretty nifty feature. 
  • The other way is just showing up during the game and buying a ticket at the admissions.  

Media 

  • Baseball being broadcast on television? IN CHINA? HERE are the listing of which channels that will be airing or tracking the games.
  • If you can't wait for the championship series, HERE is a preview of Beijing Tigers practicing in the stadium. They show a pretty nice video interviewing the players. 
  • And finally, if you're interested in checking out the history of Tigers and Lions rivalry, here are the PICTURES of the previous series. 

Anyway, That's about it. I hope a lot of fans show up and make this a successful event. My prediction: Lions in 5! If there are any other information that I have missed, please let me know! 




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