A single catch by a fan brings out the worst and best in Japanese baseball.
Amazingly generous arcade makes the diabolically difficult game super easy in celebration of something that had the entire town feeling good.
Sometimes when you want something, all you’ve got to do is ask.
He’s the 30th player ever to hit 3,000 and the second to reach third base doing so.
Baseball tournament officials defend the ban on female students as a necessary measure to help protect their safety.
Over the weekend, a fight broke out between two mascots who have a well-documented history of bad blood.
The young boy is melting hearts for navigating his way back to the car while carrying his meal out of the store and into the street on a tray.
If you are going to pick someone to impersonate, there’s no one cooler than Ichiro.
The question on everyone’s lips was: how fast can Sadako throw?
Is the storied L.A. franchise ripping off the uniform of the Japanese club, or is this just a case of “What goes around comes around?”
Osaka once housed this modern walled neighborhood, presumably constructed to keep attacking Titans out. Or are we missing something here?
It was quite a show at the Rakuten Eagle Fan Festival 2015, where players from the Japanese professional baseball team dressed as female look-alikes drew the most laughs and smiles from the audience.
It’s turning out to be an interesting post-season in Major League Baseball. In the American league we have the Toronto Blue Jays coming off a stellar late regular season and into their first real World Series attempt since the 90s. Meanwhile, over in the National League the Cubs are inching closer to a possible first World Series win in over a century, made even more eerie by its prediction in Back to the Future II (minus the Miami Gators).
As an added bonus, more games for Toronto means more interviews with infielder Munenori Kawasaki. Charged up by their victory over Texas in the AL Division series, Munerin was in rare form.
The master swordsman Isao Machii has been dicing up whatever has been thrown at him so far. Whether it’s shrimp, fruit, or soybeans, this expert has left his cutting mark in a field of sliceable items.
One field he hasn’t turned his sword on yet is baseball, but considering how much Japan loves the game, it was only a matter of time before Machii would step up to the plate, and he’s done so in an impressive display of swordsmanship you won’t want to miss.
Even if you’re not a fan of baseball, you’ve probably heard of Ichiro Suzuki. He was a starter for the Seattle Mariners for a number of years before heading to New York to play for the Yankees and then to the Miami Marlins for the 2015 season. He’s broken a number of records, received dozens of awards and is widely known to be a charismatic and respectful player. Since his debut as a professional baseball player, he’s played almost exclusively in the outfield because of his wicked throwing arm.
As one of Japan’s most prolific baseball stars, the country and the Internet collectively lost its mind when Ichiro pitched one full inning on the last day of the Major League Baseball regular season.
In many countries where baseball is a major form of sports entertainment, it’s common to see celebrities grace the mound for the ceremonial first pitch. Earlier this year, we saw Japan’s infamous robotic dancing group World Order execute a seven-man pitch which incorporated their signature dance moves.
We never thought we’d see another seven-man pitch this soon, but this group of South Korean performers raised the bar with an amazing gravity-defying pitch! See the whole routine after the jump!
We’ve seen impeccable displays of manners from Japanese high school baseball teams on many occasions before, from the respectful bowing of Yamagata Chuo High School to the classy stadium-cleaning deed of Kyukoku just the other day. It seems like the annual Koshien high school baseball tournament in Hyogo Prefecture really does bring out the best in the promising young players, as another team from Akita Prefecture has proven after being eliminated from this year’s tournament with their grand display of thanks in a regional hotel.
Any good athlete obviously needs some measure of speed, strength, and stamina, but the list of necessities starts getting much longer if we’re talking about good student athletes. Youth sports are supposed to be as much about developing character as physical skills, so any proper high school athletic program should want its players to be just as dedicated to sportsmanship and integrity as they are to on-the-field performance.
That’s why we think Fukuoka Prefecture’s Kyushu International University Senior High School (called Kyukoku for short) is doing a fine job with its baseball team, since after a heartbreaking loss on the road, players from Kyukoku immediately started cleaning the stadium.