Saturday, March 22, 2008

Dream Exhibition: Boston Red Sox Versus Hanshin Tigers!

I had a very interesting experience, being able to watch the Red Sox play against the NPB team I follow, in the Tokyo Dome. the stats are in the box score above, so I won't dwell on the actual game that much (it didn't really count after all, David Ortiz and J.D. Drew homered early, and the pitching held on late to win 6-5). What I found interesting was the cultural mash up of it all. there was the chanting and drum banging and music making, as well as the announcers, of Japanese Baseball, combined with the playing "Sweet Caroline", "I'm Shipping Up To Boston", and "Dirty Water", which is distinctly Red Sox. It was a very interesting mashup of cultures I hope to see more of. Perhaps a road trip to Fenway for Hanshin?


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