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Fighting Game Pro's Opening Pitch Could Have Been Worse

Gif: CPBL

The Brothers, a major league Taiwanese baseball team based in Taichung, invited a gamer to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at their August 23 game against the Lions. But this wasn’t just any gamer; this was GamerBee.

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Bruce “GamerBee” Hsiang’s pitch was part of a cross-promotional event between the Brothers baseball team and King of Fighters All Star, a gacha game developed by South Korean studio Netmarble. As such, he was accompanied by several King of Fighters cosplayers dressed as popular characters like Mai Shiranui, Leona Heidern, and genderbent versions of Yashiro Nanakase and Chang Koehan from the mobile game.

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While I have my issues with the designation, Bruce “GamerBee” Hsiang is one of the few fighting game players I feel comfortable calling a professional. Since exploding onto the scene with a surprising fifth-place performance at Evo 2010 that saw him eliminate Justin Wong from the Super Street Fighter IV bracket, Hsiang has continued to be a dominant force in the competitive community and a star in his home country of Taiwan.

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The Brothers would go on to lose to the Lions in a 4-0 shutout. I’m not saying the opening pitch was terrible—believe me, there have been some doozies—but maybe if Hsiang’s throw had been a little more accurate, the hometown team would have had the morale boost they needed to send their opponents packing. Oh well, at least Taiwan is able to allow flesh-and-blood fans into baseball stadiums again thanks to its efforts in containing the covid-19 pandemic.

Staff Writer, Kotaku

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There is something about throwing a baseball accurately at the batter/catcher that I can NOT do. I can throw just about any ball to someone accurately even while running. But putting me on a plate and telling me to pitch a game.... my body refuses. Many years ago in gym class I got assigned pitcher in softball. Throw after throw I’m yelling to the teacher to PLEASE replace me. I threw 8 balls before the teacher gave in, realizing how bad I was, and seeing the entire classes reaction to my inadequacy.

That was 15 years ago and I think I’ve made a little progress. I had a lot of practice with my son. He asks me to pitch to him so he can try to hit a few. I still get this tightness in my chest and I’m like “sure......... no problem! :/”.