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Posts tagged yakult swallows

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.

Train platform to enter car #6

Baseball motif in tile floor of Japanese metro station

I took today’s photo after watching a Swallows game in Tokyo at Meiji Jingu Stadium (明治神宮野球場). I think I was in the Gaienmae Station. Is anyone familiar with that station? Am I correct in that guess?

Preseason has begun, opening day about a month away


Rally umbrellas

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Yakult Swallows fans and their umbrellas (YS傘)

#swallows @swallowspr ☂️

Swallows fans

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Visiting crowd reaction after one of Wladimir Balentien’s home runs in his record breaking 2013 season

Opening Day

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Yasuhiro Ogawa (小川 泰弘) of the Yakult Swallows (Hiroshima, Japan 2013)

MLB begins today. NPB has been going for a couple weeks.

Ogawa, pictured above, is one of Japan’s finest. He is 1-1 on the young season with an ERA of 1.20. Over the past few seasons he has a combined ERA of 3.11. His rookie season, when I took today’s photo, was his best as he went 16-4 with a 2.93 ERA. Last year Yakult nearly won it all, but they are off to a rough start so far in 2016.

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