The country of Tai-Wang set up along Ruppert Place in the Bronx last night.
Cindy held the flag – which features a huge picture of Chien-Ming Wang – high over her head and urged on the crowd.
“Who’s the best?” she yelled.
“Wang! Wang! Wang!” everyone roared.
They did it over and over and over again.
“Wang is so important to us,” Cindy explained. “He is the greatest player from Taiwan and that makes us proud.”
She waved the flag and started again:
“Who’s the best?”
“Wang! Wang! Wang!”
Wang finally walked out of the Stadium and waved with the right hand that held down the Seattle Mariners in the Yankees 5-1 victory. The residents of Tai-Wang sent up a cheer that was loud enough to hear back in Taiwan.
“He’s the best,” Cindy said. “Absolutely the best. Positively the best.”
She flashed a huge smile.
“Did you see him waving at me?” she asked. “He was really waving at me.”
Waving the hand that’s produced a 6-0 record and a 3.00 ERA. The leader of a team and a league and a game and a city and a whole country.