If it’s Kuala Lumpur, it Must Mean Baseball

Overseas business trips can be rough.  Away from the family, living out of a suitcase, and seemingly endless hours of the same CNN International loop playing on the only understandable TV channel in your hotel room.

But alas, not in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Shangri-La supposedly means "An imaginery remote paradise on earth, utopia; A distant secluded hideaway, usually of great beauty and peacefulness."  But as I learned to my delight, it is also the name of a hotel in this fine city that shows, on one of the satellite TV channels in its rooms, a feed of the YES Network’s broadcast of Yankee games, including the re-broadcast at 9am EST, which, being 9pm here, lands perfectly after the work day is done.

Ahhhhh yes – nothing like exploring distant cultures and immersing yourself in the exotically beautiful and unfamiliar.  Like, for instance, ordering room service and kicking back to watch a guy who had gone 5-5 until that point do this:

(warning: grainy cell-phone photo of a TV screen)

4 comments… add one
  • Thats great IH. A similar thing happened to me when I visited Thailand a few years ago. After a full 24 hours of traveling, hassles at the airport, and seeing my first elephant walking along the street, I finally got into my hotel room at about 4 am. I turned on the TV and there was moose pitching against the white sox. It was a great way to help cope with the massive jetlag!

    sam-YF June 8, 2008, 11:24 pm
  • Great story, IH. It sort of reminds me of a two-week vacation I had in October of 2000 on Isle Mujeres, Mexico. The nights we were out on the town, it seemed every restaurant that a tv was tuned to a playoff game if there was one that night. And when Orlando Hernandez was pitching, good luck ordering anything, not that I particularly cared at the moment.

    attackgerbil June 9, 2008, 3:21 am
  • Next time your in KL you don’t have to sit in your room and watch a game, you can catch a game and hit some balls as well at KL’s one and only baseball batting cages located on the rooftop of 1Utama Shopping Center! It’s a Hit!

    jneo June 18, 2008, 2:37 am
  • Now this is a great tip. I wish I had known this 10 days ago!

    IronHorse (yf) June 18, 2008, 9:54 am

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