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107 years ago today…

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Fenway Park in 2012

#boston #fenwaypark @RedSox

…the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball opened its doors for the first time.

Opening day … in Japan

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Nori Aoki bag in Jingu Stadium (2013)

#NoriAoki #baseball

Today’s photo was taken more than a year after Aoki split Japan for the Major League Baseball in the USA. He’s back in Japan now, playing once again for the Swallows. He played for Waseda University, a few years before I taught there.

Happy birthday, Dee Brown!

応援歌 Dermal Brown

Dee Brown of the Seibu Lions fight song (応援歌)

@dee_Dermal #埼玉西武ライオンズ #seibulions #NPB

Dee Brown, formerly of my Oakland A’s (for three at bats anyway–two of which ended with a strike out), played for my Japanese team, the Seibu Lions, as well. This card, the cheerleader is holding, shows his fight song which sounds like this and can be translated as:

I believe you
I believe you
Shoot and flap far with the crack of the bat

I’m guessing the “I believe you” part should actually be “I believe in you” and the rest is basically asking for a home run or a well-hit ball. Rather than a walk-out song, like we have in the USA, in Japan these individualized fight songs are played/sung throughout a player’s at bat.

2019 Spring Training begins

On Deck

#baseball

The first spring training game isn’t until next week, but most players are reporting to camp today. Opening day will take place in Japan on March 20.

Happy birthday, Doug Fister!

Doug Fister

Batting practice

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Fenway Park panorama

The offseason is too long … and too cold.

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