Friday, 14 September 2012

Checking Out The Great Japanese Pastime

Batter Up! Being big baseball fans, we couldn't be in Japan during baseball season and not go to a game. In Tokyo, there are the mighty Giants, playing in their fancy Tokyo dome. But there's also another team, the Yakult Swallows. They're, we guess, Tokyo's version of the Mets. A fitting comparison, as you'll see in a minute.

The mighty Swallows, looking tough on a poster. Wait, what's that little cartoon bird? Busted, not so tough! The Japanese baseball cathedral.

Of course, there was food on the streets outside the ballpark. The usual from both worlds: Japanese delicacies and some hot dogs thrown in. About ready to get started.

Watch for lethal foul balls. Hey-ho, cheerleaders! Uhm, maybe a bunch of young, scantily-clad women shouldn't be spelling out "Swallows." Just a thought.

Where do washed-up Major Leaguers go to die? Japan! OK, not die, but is it a mere coincidence that Lastings was a Met? Another player is cheered by the mass adulation of spinning umbrellas, a fun sight.

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