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NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball)

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Seibu Lions fans

I haven’t paid any attention to Japanese baseball this season. The main reason being that I’m not going to Japan this summer, but upon looking at the standings I see that I’m not missing much as my Seibu Lions are not doing so well in the Pacific League. My Yakult Swallows are even further off the pace in the Central League. So I will go back to ignoring professional baseball in Japan and continue to focus instead on my Oakland A’s in MLB who continue to have the best record in baseball (after beating the Giants each of the past two evenings).

Oakland A’s sign Seibu’s Hiroyuki Nakajima for 2013

中島裕之 Saitama Seibu Lions 埼玉西武ライオンズ

Saitama Seibu Lions (埼玉西武ライオンズ)

My A’s signed one of my Lions today.

On the floor and on the screen at Seibu Dome (西武ドーム)

After watching a Seibu Lions game last year we were able to go down on the field with many other fans. Not only were we on the field but we were on the big screen as well. Ryan was rather excited (can you spot him?). Ellie, on the other hand, had been on big screens so many times (thanks to her blonde hair) by this point in Japan that I think she was doing more to get off the screen than remain in the public eye.

Mt. Mitake – Part 6

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After a brief descent from Mt. Mitake we were once again climbing, this time up Mt Hinode (日の出山). From there you can see Tokyo from a distance. The dome in the middle of what looks like a forest is the Seibu Dome in Tokorozawa, home of the Seibu Lions.

I’d love to return to this spot again someday after dark. During the day there is probably always a haze, but at night I’m guessing it is usually clear and offers one of the most majestic panoramas of Tokyo.

Differences in Japanese Professional Baseball

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The Japanese Pro Baseball league is supposed to be over by now, but there is still another week to go before the playoffs. Why? Games are being made up at the end of the season. Some teams are done. Others still have as many as five games to play. Weird, huh? That’s nothing. Here are some other strange things…

My team, the Seibu Lions, finished in second place even though they had two more wins than the Softbank Hawks who came in first. What? How can this be? They also had two more loses than the Hawks. The Hawks tied 5 times, while the Lions tied only once. OK, so that makes no sense to those only familiar with MLB.

Today’s picture is something else that will be quite odd for those who haven’t been to a game in Japan. Who is this guy and what is his purpose? I’ll give you a hint. He isn’t an usher or security guard. He isn’t even a cheerleader.

Saitama Seibu Lions

埼玉西武ライオンズ japan baseball fans

My first game of the season was a good one. My Lions beat the visiting Nippon-Ham Fighters from Hokkaido.

Half the fun at Japanese baseball games is the cheering. Above is a video I took of one of the many cheers. Get your cheers down before the game for maximum enjoyment. 😉 Here you can practice them with music, but you need to be able to read Japanese.

The words to the cheer (for a player named 久) in the video are:
Go Go Let’s Go 久

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