Monday, September 11, 2006
The Next Alex Cabrera/Tuffy Rhodes
Alex Cabrera is probably the best baseball player and a household name in Japan over the past few years. Here's some more information about him. I'd post a link to the wikipedia site but for some reason, I have a very hard time connecting to wikipedia from China. Tuffy Rhodes was another great player in Japan who is relatively unknown in the U.S.
While China definitely has a great deal of opportunity for ambitious and young people (click here and here to read my posts about this topic), it's still not the U.S. Even if you hit 55 home runs a year in a foreign country, people will still question whether you can hit a Major League curveball. My advice for people who want to come to China would be:
- Do it in lieu of paying your dues in the minor leagues. Think post-analyst, pre-business school.
- Do it if you're not getting playing time (or the monetary contract you're looking for) in the U.S.
- DEFINITELY do it if you're a Sino-phile and are planning on emigrating to China. If you fall into this category, I'd move here ASAP. Shanghai right now seems to have the same buzz as the Bay Area in the late 90s, Moscow in the mid 90s, or Prague in the early 90s. By the way, if anyone happens to know someone who has lived in all three of those places during those times, I'd like to meet him/her.
Expats have more fun. If I weren't coming back to law school I would have tried to work in either Bangkok or Singapore. Probably Bangkok, as you sportsfans probably know that Singapore is the nicest, cleanest, safest, and most boring city in the world.
It seems counter-intuitive, but I think extremely introverted types like me thrive in that situation, because expats seem extremely tight with each other. Also, if you were trying to live up to any external expectations or lifestyle in your home life, working in another country would throw you so far out of your comfort zone that pay and status level become secondary.
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