Posts Tagged Saitama Lions

Game #7 – Fukuoka Yafuoka! Dome

Game #7 in Fukuoka – The Softbank Hawks beat the Saitama Lions 8-7 in a 12-inning pitching match. Ballgames in Japan can end in a tie after 12 innings (I believe), so this was a sweet win.

Stayed in a capsule hotel for the first time in Fukuoka… what a weird experience!  I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the ‘why’, but at least now I understand the ‘how’.

Fukuoka Yafuoka! Dome - Home of the Softbank Hawks

Fukuoka Yafuoka! Dome – Home of the Softbank Hawks

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NPB Game #2 – Seibu Dome

Made it to the 2nd game on my schedule: Saitama Lions vs ORIX Buffaloes at the Seibu Dome.  It was a very serendipitous evening: started out with tailgating at high-speed on the train over (you can bring your own beer and drink it on the express train), it was ‘turn-back-the-clock’ night so the Lions were wearing retro Tokio Senators uniforms, and the home team won 5-1 in a blowout.

Then the fans got to go out on the field and watch a movie.  Finally, I got on the last train home and ran into 3 of the star players who are former MLB players (Dennis Sarfate, Esteban German & Ryan Spillborghs.  Was great to chat them up and tell them about my trip, they really liked it.

On the Express Train to the Lions game

On the Express Train to the Lions game

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