Taiwan and Uganda are an ocean and billions of dollars in GDP apart. On Monday night, on an equal playing field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the children of both nations showed mutual respect.
In the bottom of the fourth at the Little League World Series, with Chinese Taipei leading 3-0, pitcher Wei Hung Chou clonked Uganda's Joshua Olara with a high fastball.
Wei, feeling remorse, trotted over to first base to bow toward Olara who bowed in return.
Later in the inning, Olara charged into second base trying to beat out a fielder's choice. Along the way, the 5-7 Olara took out 4-7 infielder Shu Wei Lin with a slide. Olara popped back up, made sure Shu was OK and shared a smile with his rival.
Chinese Taipei and Uganda players traded hats after the game. Competitors on the field, the two squads have made lifelong friends off the field. International teams from continents such as Asia and Africa travel halfway around the world to spend two weeks with total strangers, who share a love of baseball.
Chinese Taipei won, 5-0. The loss eliminated Uganda, a nation budding with baseball. At 1-2, the team accomplished more than was arguably expected of it. Chinese Taipei was eliminated Tuesday after an 11-1 loss to Mexico.