Professional Baseball Game
Friday night I boarded the night bus that would be taking me back to the Tokyo area and arrived at Shinjuku around 7:30 in the morning. I hardly slept on the bus because I was so uncomfortable, but somehow I wasn’t too tired. I got home, got my stuff settled back at the dorm, and then at 10:30 I was off again to go watch the Saitama Seibu Lions vs. Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball game.
I didn’t really have a team that I was particularly rooting for because I don’t follow Japanese baseball, but some of my friends who actually followed baseball were rooting for the Hokkaido Fighters. Other students chose to root for the Saitama Lions because the Rikkyo dorm where we stayed is in Saitama.
I’ll admit that I was a little worried when the Fighters scored 4 runs in the 1st inning and another 4 runs in the 2nd inning. I was worried that the game was going to be a total blow out and I was going to end up really bored, but after an early pitcher change by the Lions, things started getting better.
The most intense part was probably the bottom of the 9th inning. The score was 8-6 with the Fighters in the lead. Lions were up to bat and the bases were fully loaded with no outs. People were on the edge of their seats, waiting to see if the Lions would come back to win it after their rough start. However, the Fighters eventually managed to get three outs and the game ended 8-6.
Unlike the university baseball game that I attended a little while ago, this game was similar to the baseball games I had attended back in America. I think the only difference was that America often used more sound effects and had more forms of entertainment between innings. However, here they sold little balloons that you could blow up, and then at the end of the inning everybody would let them go and you could watch them fly through the air. That was probably one of the most amusing parts. I think the only thing that was more amusing was watching the rivalry between my two friends (who were cheering for opposite teams).