Dad's e-mail to Mom about the Sapporo Nippon Ham Fighters Baseball Game:
The baseball game was the craziest thing I ever saw.
So wild and fun...
Had to learn all the cheers for every player who came to bat.
And then also remember the noisemaker pattern for beating out a rhythm and what gestures to make.
Thank goodness we also had Callie's friend Shingo to teach all of us the cheers. He was a really nice guy. He brought us our own official Hamfighter noisemakers & then started us off with each cheer.
Like for Hichori Morimoto, you wave a green flag & sing....
And then you wave blue for Mokoto Kaneko while you yell...
And tap out a boom, boom, boom rhythm followed by shouting Kaneko.
Then everyone stands up to sing and song about him, wave the noisemakers above their heads & start a chant...
Boom boom boom
Boom boom boom
I don't even remember the color for Shoto Ono, but i do remember the cheer...
The minute he comes up to bat, everyone starts to sing and then jump up and down like madmen.
And I do mean JUMP!
Nothing quite like flags waving, colors flying, and 40,000 people on their feet jumping up and down in unison shouting...
During the seventh inning stretch, the organ played "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" but NO ONE knew the words except us so we had to sing it really loud and everyone started laughing. We sang it all the way to the subway after the game, along with the "Kato Basei, Inaba" cheer.
What a night...
It really was the most fun I ever had at a sports event.
WILD... wish you could have been there with us.
Hugs from Dad