Posts Tagged Hanshin Tigers

Game #8 – Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome

Game #8: Things just keep getting better.  Got a ticket for the Yomiuri Giants game against the Hanshin Tigers yesterday (mad props to the folks at Sakura Hostel for helping me find a ticket reseller: the game has been sold out for 2 weeks).  The Tigers blew out the Giants 7-0.
The Tigers vs Giants rivalry is a bit like Yankees vs Red Sox, and my ticket was right in the middle of the Tigers cheering club sec…tion.  INTENSE! Got mad dogged for a little while until I busted out the noisemakers and chanted with all the other Tigers fans.
In Japan there is a definite feeling of “separate but not equal” for foreigners. The place that seems to disappear the most quickly is at the ballpark.  Yesterday’s game was the best example of that.
Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants

Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants

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Game #5 – Hanshin Koshien Stadium

Hit game #5 at Koshien Stadium last night.  The home of the Hanshin Tigers is a bit like Wrigley Field; from a different era of baseball.  Tigers fans are very devoted and they went nuts in the last inning.  Down by one with a man on 1st, Matsuda got a base hit on the 3-2 pitch after fouling off a couple pitches.  Crowd went nuts and I got it on video.  Now I just have to figure out how to post it.

Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Osaka

Hanshin Koshien Stadium in Osaka

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NPB Game #1 – Jingu Stadium

I went to my first NPB ballpark here in Tokyo last night.  The Yakult Swallows (Tokyo) destroyed the Hanshin Tigers (Osaka) at Jingu Stadium.
First impression: Japanese people really know how to do baseball! These are the most enthusiastic fans I’ve ever seen.  Both sides have special cheering sections complete with brass bands, it’s more like a soccer match.  I got to try takoyaki (deep fried balls of octopus tentacles) at the ballpark.  As anticipated, everyone is so polite and friendly in Japan but most especially they are great at the ballgame.   I’ll be posting pictures as soon as I can.
Joseph at Jingu Stadium

Joseph at Jingu Stadium

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