Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hanshin Tigers baseball a unique experience, Osaka Japan

After having viewed a number of Osaka baseball videos on YouTube I requested to attend a game when in Japan (May, 2011). The team is owned by the Hanshin Railway company, the Hanshin Tigers.

It was a Friday evening in Koshien Stadium built in 1924 seating 55,000, Osaka, Japan. We sat in the upper deck in the outfield along the first base line.

The fans in unison chanted, sung, and slammed their plastic bats together. One could only question: who choreographed all these people? Everyone was happy, cheering, chanting, enjoying the game on the field and the party in the stands.

I have been to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York, Shea Stadium to see the Mets in Queens, New York, and in Arlington, Texas to watch the Rangers play. All fun and interesting I thought. Now after Osaka, they are all boring. How can I ever enjoy another baseball game unless I am sitting in Koshien Stadium?


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