Decked out in the American flag, this one man show was desperately trying to boost the morale of the American team who had no chance of winning against the Cuban team in the semi-finals. Not only did the Chinese, Korean and Japanese spectators call back to this American fan's "Jia you (good luck) USA," they did so with tenfold the enthusiasm. And they were louder than the Americans watching the game.
The cheering was also pretty impressive because of the size of the stadium. Small by American standards, it looked like AAA ballpark not a major league stadium. And this was probably a good thing since the crowd would have seemed dismal in a larger venue. It was clear from where I was sitting in the bleachers that the IOC is preparing to get rid of baseball as an Olympic sport because of baseball's relative unpopularity within the world of sports. Given all this, it was good this one American was on the case, bringing American enthusiasm out to Beijing. The Cuban team won decisively: 10-2.