With the hot trend on TPR being on-going TR threads, I figured I would add mine to the fray with sporting events. Aside from being a die-hard USC fan and supporting the other local teams (Dodgers, Lakers, Kings), I just enjoy going to sporting events in general. I love seeing all the different arenas/stadiums and the services they provide (I generally like to "pretend to be rich" and buy premium seats off of stubhub/craigslist/scalpers), and being able to watch great players no matter what team they play for.
I'll get things started with photos from the 2007 TPR Japan trip...
One night while bored in Fukouka, I noticed that our hotel was within a train ride and small walk from the Yahoo! dome. The nice lady at the front desk translated the schedule, and sure enough...there was a game that night. So off we (sadly, I was stuck with Ryan that night) went.
After a short train ride and a 10 minute walk, we had found the place!
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We really had no idea where our exact seats were, but this was the view from our $10 ticket section.
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The scoreboard reminds us where we are
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Even the visitors had an organized cheering section
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Japanese baseball fans are HARDCORE. Imagine the craziest college student section you've ever seen, then multiply it by 100x, and you get the "cheering section." They had cheers for every batter and situation. They're so hardcore they made me blur my photo.
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The main reason why Japanese baseball rules: Asian chicks with keg backpacks bringing $5 beer to you!
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Any stadium with a 7th inning stretch that features a giant inflatable coke can popping up from behind center field is OK in my book.
Here's the rest of the photos from the 2007 TPR Japan trip...
For my second Japanese baseball experience, we (Dan, Jeff, and Non German Tom) went to the "world famous" Tokyo Dome. The Yomiuri Giants are like the Yankees of Japan (not to be confused with the Giants of MLB, who suck ass), so we were told to get our tickets in advance as all their games are sell outs.
The stadium itself was pretty underwhelming...the coolest part was them deciding to open a side door for us while exiting, which being inside a pressurized building meant it felt like being shot out of canon (having not been to any of the air-supported dome in the U.S., this was a surprise)...
If you are a baseball fan in Japan during the Japan League season, I highly recommend making time to check out a game. It's very different than MLB, with all the fans really into the game and the emphasis more on small ball/fundamentals. I used the website www.japanball.com to do research and buy tickets.
Sticking with baseball, next up will be a Dodgers vs. Braves game from the Dugout Club seats.
Here's a video of the visiting team (Hiroshima Carp) cheering section. Unlike sports in the U.S. the cheering sections were totally respectful of each other and didn't try to interrupt or anything. It was weird! The video was taken from my digital camera, so the audio quality sort of sucks.
Welcome to Tokyo Dome City, home of the Tokyo Dome and some roller coasters
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This is the view $50 gets you
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The visitors cheering section
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Of all the teams to steal your name from, why did they have to pick THAT one? On the bright side, these Giants have actually bothered to win a few titles since 1954... (The home team cheering section was the entire right field bleacher section)
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Random shot of the outfield
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The best shot we could get of the view from behind home plate. They were worse than Dodger Stadium when it comes to being in places you don't belong...
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The bullpen area
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Random bonus photo: the exterior of the Nagoya Dome. Dan and I missed seeing a game here by about an hour.
Joey, excellent TR man, I dig the Japanese Baseball Fan, as they're loyal to their team, eventhough they win or lose...Unlike the MLB in the US, j-ball encourages the noisesticks and the rowdy fan. Just curious, did ya put away a bowl of noodles while ya watched the game??