Baltimore Orioles’ starter Wei-Yin Chen was interviewed by CSN journalist Howard Chen in Mandarin Chinese. During the conversation, they talked about basketball, being homesick, and Wei-Yin’s struggle to find his favorite food dish: hot pot. Below is the English translation of their interview.
Howard Chen (H): Hey everyone. I am 陳定豪, and this is 陳偉殷. We’ll start off with the first question: We are here in Houston. Do you pay any special attention to the NBA since the Rockets and Jeremy Lin?
Wei-Yin Chen (W): Yes. The Rockets have been famous since I was in high school, because Yao Ming used to play for the team. With Jeremy Lin joining the Rockets, I have paid more attention to the team.
H: So, do you play basketball yourself?
W: I liked it in high school. But I was told to play less basketball after my professional career began to avoid any injuries. So, I haven’t played it for a pretty long time.
H: Were you a three-point shooter, or did you play inside?
W: I didn’t play in fierce games very much. I mostly shot around casually for fun with my two brothers.
H: You have the most wins on the Orioles pitching staff this season, how do you think of your performance so far?
W: I won’t say that I am pitching very well. This year, I made some changes to my game and I am still adjusting. Thanks to the run support from the offense, I’ve been able to collect a good number of wins. The only thing I can do is to allow fewer runs and help the team win. I will focus on pitching without thinking too much about my record.
H: You have given up only a few walks this season, and I think that’s very good. We know it’s your 3rd year in the U.S., but you have been abroad for so many years since you were playing in Japan for a while. Do you get homesick at all?
W: I’ve been away from home since middle school, so I am accustomed to my life abroad. I do miss my family sometimes. I make phone calls to them when I am free, and I can spend time with them every year during the off-season.
H: What about the food? There are so many delicious foods in Taiwan.
W: Actually it’s not a big problem, because I am not a very picky eater. When I first arrived in the U.S., I had a little difficulty getting accustomed to eating too much steak and burgers. But it is ok now. Sometimes, if I want to eat something special, I will go to D.C., or go to Chinese restaurants while I’m on the road, in cities such as New York, Boston, and Houston. For themost part I eat with the team.
H: Do you have a favorite cuisine in Taiwan that’s hard to find in the U.S.?
W: Hot pot. I don’t see many hot pot restaurants here. Even though I’ve been to restaurants that serve hot pot with my teammates several times, the atmosphere is different from that in Taiwan. I prefer to eat hot pot with close friends who share the food and enjoy the meal together, rather than order and eat the food separately.
H: There are hot pot restaurants in Chinatown, Houston. I hope that you can try them during your stay in Houston. Thank you.