Although the Chinese Professional Baseball League season does not start until next month, Uni-President Lions pitcher Kuo Hung-chih (郭泓志) has already picked up a “save” by rescuing an elderly man he found lying unconscious near a fish hatchery in Greater Tainan’s Annan District (安南) on Thursday night.
At 9:30pm on Thursday, Annan Precinct police chief Kuo Chin-lin (郭欽林) and officer Tsai Ming-chih (蔡明志) received a call from a person surnamed Wu (吳) saying that there was a man lying on the ground by his fish hatchery on Anming Road in Haisi Borough (海西).
Kuo Chin-lin and Tsai arrived at the scene to find that the Lions pitcher and his friend, who were in the area on a late-night fishing trip, had helped the 66-year-old man, also surnamed Kuo (郭), onto a bench.
According to the police chief, the man left his home at 3pm on Wednesday and had not been seen since. He had been gone for 30 hours before Kuo Hung-chih found him.
It was only after the police made contact with the elderly man’s son-in-law and were about to take him home in a patrol car that they recognized Kuo Hung-chih.
The police offered to make the athlete’s actions known to the public to commend him for his kindness, but he turned down their offer.
Kuo Chin-lin and Tsai said they were very impressed with Kuo Hung-chih’s humble demeanor and willingness to help the elderly man despite being a famous baseball player.
Kuo signed as the Lions’ closing pitcher for a monthly salary of NT$917,000 (US$30,177) that made him the highest-paid player in the league.