Yomiuri Giants

2 Apr

Baseball is big in Japan. Along with MLB, the local Japanese league started their season as well. We decided to buy some tickets to experience the atmosphere at a Yomiuri Giants game.

Japanese baseball fans are interesting. They have some really rabid hardcore fans in the right field bleachers who chant to the beat of the drums throughout the whole game. But during the opposition team’s batting, they are all respectfully quiet. There isn’t a whole lot of random noise and heckling found in American baseball games.

Some other different things:
The aisle vendors are only young women. The ones who hawk beer have a keg strapped to their back and dispense on the spot. A beer is $9.60 USD. The girls all run down to the bottom row of a section, bow, then announce that they have something for sale.

That right field cheering does. not. stop. Ever. They cheer hours after the game has ended.

There’s no 7th inning stretch.

After the game, they interview and highlight the 3 stars of the game (like hockey) and then the guys are driven a lap in golf carts where they throw t-shirts into the crowd.

The stadium is remarkably clean. No trash on the floors. A trash man actually comes down the aisles in the 8th inning to minimize cleanup.

Japanese baseball players like to use American music when they come up to bat.

Some of the fans watch the game on their phones simultaneously.

All in all, a great experience and unlike any other sporting event I’ve ever been to in my life.

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By the way, the Giants beat the Swallows 4-2.

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3 Responses to “Yomiuri Giants”

  1. Oscar April 3, 2012 at 6:38 AM #

    Enjoyed reading about how differences, attitudes, cleaniness on the baseball diamond/stadium that spills over into their everyday life. In many ways, their life- style is superior than ours.

  2. Jennifer April 3, 2012 at 8:02 AM #

    Do they eat roasted peanuts and garlic fries at the baseball game?

    • Jerry April 3, 2012 at 2:41 PM #

      Nah, they have hot dogs, ice cream, rice bowls, and chicken karage. Most people bring their own foods because prices are typical stadium-expensive.

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