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Take me out to the (Japanese) Ball Game


#1 CheapyD   Head Cheap Ass Administrators   17916 Posts   Joined 17.2 Years Ago  

Posted 04 July 2006 - 08:30 AM

I went to my first real (the WBC didn't count) Japanese baseball game last weekend. Myself, Mrs. Cheapy, and two friends got to see the Hanshin Tigers take on the Yomuri Giants.

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The two biggest differences between American baseball and Japanese baseball are:

1) The Fans: They are really into elaborate cheering/chanting. Not only do the teams have their own cheers, but each player has their own too.

Here are a few videos:

http://cheapassgamer.com/ymij/baseball/hanshincheer.3gp http://cheapassgamer.com/ymij/baseball/hanshinflag2.3gp
2) The Concessions: There are no fat guys slinging beer walking the stadium. All vendors are young women. You may remember this video of one of the beer girls (who carry small kegs on their back) which I posted from the WBC. Here are a couple new photos.

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Cheering is so much a part of the game, that the popcorn container is designed to turn into a megaphone once you have finished the popcorn.
http://cheapassgamer.com/ymij/baseball/popcorn.3gp

#4 CheapyD   Head Cheap Ass Administrators   17916 Posts   Joined 17.2 Years Ago  

Posted 04 July 2006 - 12:09 PM

Yomuri Giants won 4-2

http://www.yomiuri.c...702TDY22006.htm


#7 CheapyMom   Non-Technical Advisor CAGiversary!   202 Posts   Joined 17.1 Years Ago  

CheapyMom

Posted 04 July 2006 - 06:35 PM

I posted this in the CAGcast thread but think it might be appropriate here:

You might want to check out an hour long program on PBS tonight about high school baseball in Japan. It's on the program P.O.V. and in the NYC area it's going to be on Channel 13 at 10. It will be shown again on Monday, July 10 at 1:05 A.M. I read a review of it in today's Times and it looks like it's going to be good.