Saturday, June 18

Cat ruins Japanese baseball game

I love a good cat story, but this cat really crossed the line. In what began as a nice evening in Japan at the hollowed grounds of Yokohama Stadium, home of the Yokohoma BayStars; turned ugly when a cat wandered onto the field and put a halt to the Hiroshima Carp's own Tomoya Sayashi's at bat in what appears to be the bottom of the third inning.  Tomoya was just trying to maintain his torrid batting average (he went 2/5 in 2009), when this idiot cat ruins it all for him. I mean, Carp manager Kenjiro Nomura was just trying to get something going with a 2-2 count when this malarky occurred. The game had to be stopped while everyone went crazy trying to either catch the cat or avoid the cat like he was Godzilla (too soon?).

I don't know what was more scared, the cat, or the cameramen when it jumped into the stands. I love when he fakes out the batboy and runs in a circle around him. Bat boys are rarely coordinated, even in Japan. Then he does what all cats do, and loses control of his furry legs when he gets moving too fast. Typical cat. Then he jumps into the stands for the final time, freaks out all ten people sitting on the third base line (must have been Rod Allen bobblehead night, hence the massive crowd) and disappears into the night. Just an average day in Japanese baseball.

This is why Ichiro left for the MLB. Because our games don't get sidetracked by a mangy cat. When stuff like this happens, we whip out the tazers and have at it. And when a cat does happen to make it onto our fields of dreams, we pick it up and throw it on the ground instead of letting it scamper into the press box unscathed.

And how about the Carp mascot? Looks like a mix between the Phillie Phanatic, The Statue of Liberty and Rosita from Sesame Street. His(?) name is Surairi, and that's about all I know about it. Sick fist pump, bro. And I want a Carp shirt really bad. I know there are a few readers in Japan; I'm just saying I take a size large...

And finally, look at what kind of food the stadium has to offer. You know what, it actually looks better than anything at Comerica Park. When your main food attraction is Little Caesars $75 Hot 'N Ready, then you're doing it wrong, Illitch. I'll take an order of the stuff on a stick, the things in a bucket and two yellow/brown drinks on the side. Priced at only 5/22~6/19, you cannot go wrong. More on Japanese baseball food later.

By Aaron Brandt, スタジアムグルメも野球観戦の楽しみの一つとして、みなさん、ぜひマツダ スタジアムへお越しください